New Budget Gaming System Build. Comments? Suggestions?


First post!

Was wondering if I can get some suggestions/comments on my upcoming budget-gaming build.

Any recommendations/advice?
Anything you would change?

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Dual Core Processor Socket AM2 2.6GHZ Retail Black Box No HSF Unlocked

EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe ATX AM2 Nforce 570 SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory

OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5 Gram

After Express shipping, full insurance and tax, total is just under $605 CAD.

Looking to OC push the proc. to atleast 3.0-3.2ghz for decent performance. I've chosen a SLI supported mobo and a PS that the manufacturer has claimed will be sufficient enough to power 2x 8800gt 512's incase I decide to upgrade to SLi in the future. I've been way too busy for the past year or so and am outdated on the latest hardware, just looking for some advice on what I should do here.

Does this build look alright or is there something you'd personally change? Is there an upcoming release I should wait for?

HDD i'll be using is a WD 500GB SATA II 16MB

I haven't chosen a heatsink/fan yet and i've custom built my own full atx case with 3x 120mm fans(not powered by the PS), 2x 80mm fans and a 5" inline duct fan @ 140 CubicFeet/Minute (Will not be powered by the pc's PS lol). Measurements of the case (it's huge) is 24"x10"x25"(LxWxH).

Looking to run recently released games and hopefully some new releases.

Let me hear your feedback, all opinions appreciated.

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  1. Switch AS5 out for MX-2.

    If you plan to upgrade to Phenom (IMO, time is now) and don't do SLI, you're better off with 790GX + SB750. The best Phenom overclocker.

    If you want a faster hdd than the 500gb or most non-Raptors, get the WD6400AAKS.

    Personally, I no longer do dual cards setups. I have X38, but am on HD 4850 which is more than suffice for 19". If new games get more demanding, I can always pick up a HD 4870 or the next big thing come Q1/09. The good news for Intel users is Nehalem will support both SLI & CF out of the box.
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