check over my build? Open to all suggestions

Hey guys I am trying to put together a nice gaming computer for around $1000,(Less if possible). I have searched for a while and changed my shopping cart around on Newegg many times and this is what I have so far. I would like to hear any suggestions for different parts, upgrades or downgrades as applicable.

CD/ DVD DRIVE: LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD Burner with LightScribe
Price = $25.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion Black Mid Tower Computer Case
Price = $49.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Price = $64.99

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Price: $199.99 or $189.99 after mail-in rebate

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
Price = $94.99 or $59.99 after mail-in rebate

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 Desktop Memory
Price = $44.99

Motherboard and CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor and ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Price= $274.98

OS: Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium
Price= $99.99

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Price= $18.99

Thermal Paste: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
Price = $6.99

Total Price with Shipping and Handling = $893.49, which becomes about $830 after mail-in rebates

Should I just keep the build like this and buy some games, or shell out the rest? I have another hundred to dish out so I would be happy to hear anything. Thanks
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  1. not to shabby. the 4870 1gig is worth is extra cash if you have it.
  2. Thank you for that Blackjack, I was considering the graphic card update.
  3. Looks good. Thank god you didn't skimp on the PSU like most people do.

    Check out this RAM:
    DDR2 800 @ 4-4-4-12 with only 1.8-1.9v! I have seen this thing go to 850Mhz with 5-5-5-15.
  4. Decent list.

    I would change the HDD to Western Digital 640 GB for a little $$$ more - great drive and performance for a good value.
  5. ^ True. That drive is almost as fast as the old Raptors in most benches.
  6. I have 8gb of this Crucial Ballistix and it's highly overclockable, quality ram:

    As others have said, go for the 640gb WD (I also have one of these).

    Good price after rebate on the PCPC power supply.
  7. ^ I beg to deffer on the Ballastix. I have had to return about 2-3 of their sets due to Memtest86+ errors at stock settings. For the past 6-7 months imo Crucial has been lacking in their quality department. Had problems with their SD cards too. In 2007 I bought a lot of Crucial made stuff (20+ sets of RAM) and never had problems.
  8. okay well I was looking at both of the memory sets that you all suggested. Is over clocking the memory really necessary? Otherwise I am happy with the memory I have already, seeing that I have another stick already, putting the total memory to 6GB.
  9. What size monitor do you have? Do you plan on overclocking?

    Its best to run your memory in pairs of sticks. This is what make them DDR Double Data Rate. 2 x 2GB sticks run faster then 3 x 2 GB sticks (with i7/x58 being the exception).

    +1 for the G Skill Pi Black memory
    +1 for the WD 640 GB HD (best to get 2 of these and raid 0 them)
    +1 for the E8400 / P5Q Pro combo

    If your not gonna overclock then lose the after market cooler and get a better case. Coolmaster 690 or an Antec 300 or 900.

    Also consider upgrading your PSU to a corsair 750 watt... as you will be limiting future upgrades (second video card) with only 610 watts.
  10. Okay so you are saying that I should not put the other stick into my Comp?
    I have a 22 inch 1680 by 1050 screen and I plan to over clock my cpu
  11. ^ Can you tell exactly what "other" RAM you are talking about?
  12. ahh nevermind i got all my parts, i appreciate it though
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