First time build New gaming rig need help

Hello everyone. I was wondering if i can get a critique on my new gamer rig that im going to build. I dont have money for an i7 rig but this one should be good. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Here it is:

1 SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102801 $264.99

2 CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145194 $147.98 ($73.99 ea)

1 LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106263 $20.99

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488 $79.99

1 ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131299 $114.99

1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115041 $309.99

1 Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835207004 $39.99

1 NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811146047 $109.99

1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148288 $59.99

1 COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-650-ACAA-A1 650W ATX Form Factor 12V V2.3 / SSI Standard EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817171023 $79.99

Subtotal $1,193.89
UPS 3 DAYS $8.97
Order Total $1,202.86

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all your time.
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  1. Looks to be a good setup.

    G Skill makes some pretty good ram for a few dollars less. Here's a quick list of some G skill ram...

    Graphics Card:
    Might want to look into the GTX260 (216 core).
  2. dump 4 gig of ram (4 is plenty enough) and switch the 500gig to a 640gig from western digital. That'll give you a nice boost for less monies.

    You can spend less on the RAM and get more, and do a bit better on the PSU. I would consider changing out the P5Q Pro for a Gigabyte. It's nothing to do with ASUS, just that Gigabyte has two new boards out that are improvements over the older P5Q Pro.

    Good build over all.
  4. Are you really going to need a quad core? ATM most games only use up to 2 cores. A dual core like an E8400 or E8500 could get you more performance in games if you overclocked them. Not saying you would get bad performance with that quad core, but do you really need it? You might be a bit more future proof if you go with the quad core though. But what do I know -- this is my first time building my own too :P

    My build is pretty similar to yours in terms of specs though. I went with an nvidia GTX 260 (core 216) and E8400 instead though.
  5. Get this PSU:
    It's the same price after MIR, but MUCH better quality than the CoolerMaster.

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