New Builder, looking for optimal performance on a budget

This is gonna be my first attempt at making my own pc. I have been doing quite a bit of research the past few days and have come up with what I think is a pretty decent build for something around $600 bucks. Feel free to say whatever you want , I'm a beginner and I'm sure there are some obvious problems that I haven't picked up on.

CPU- Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz

GPU- SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit

Motherboard- ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45

Case and Power Supply- Antec 300 Black Steel and Antec Neo Power 500

RAM- CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin

Hard Drive- Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB

I need to know if this is even possible, and if there are any substitutions I should make. I want to use it for some decent gaming, so I dont know if I should get a lesser model of something and upgrade the processor or what. I also wanna keep it around this price but if you can find some serious upgrades for not much more money, thats fine.
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  1. You need a DVD reader/burner- LG SATA $23 free shipping

    Although that's decent RAM at a great price, i'd advise you to spend about $20 more and get this Mushkin, which has better timings and runs at default 1.8v
    if not, remember to set voltage to 1.9v at post in BIOS with the Corsair RAM

    That's a good solid build.
  2. If I were in your shoes, I would be flexible. Don't get set on any one item; sales are going on all over. Fatwallet has lots of deals posted on a variety of items. And get on newegg's email list; they will have more good deals between now and xmas; plenty of similar motherboards that will do the job. I can't wait to stand in line on black friday around 2 am at Fry's.
  3. +1 to both of the previous. It is a good build, but particularly if you can wait for next Friday, you may encounter some deals that will let you spend less or get more, or both.
  4. Thanks for the input, I would have expected that something would be wrong with my original build but it looks like I chose some good stuff. Just wondering if I should definitely go with the case and power supply combo because the deal ends in a few days and I gotta make up my mind, or if I should wait till next Friday and see if I could find something better. Any help would be great. Also if anyone knows any motherboards that are capable of running these Graphics card and processor let me know so I can check out my options.
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