I'm building my first system and could use a second before buying

I'm considering building an AMD Phenom Quad Core system with these components:

I mainly want a machine to be able to play more current games (Fallout 3, Bioshock, Assasin's Creed) at their higher settings but I don't want to spend more than $500

Windows XP (current copy) (eventually I will get Windows 7)
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition
Asus M3A78T Motherboard
4 GB Corsair DDR2 RAM
Gigabyte HD4670 w/ 512 DDR3 Ram
Ultra Grid Case w/ Ultra LS600 PowerSupply (600W)

For now I was just going to use my old hard drive, dvd rom, Wireless Linksys Card etc.

Some of the concerns I had were:

1.upgrading later to AM3 Socket CPU on this board
2.Being able to use DDR3 Ram
3.Should I blow the extra $50 to $80 on the highest Phenom for the extra 5-10 fps (based on Tom's Crysis CPU Test)
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  1. regarding your concerns:

    1- You'll need a new motherboard.
    2- You'll need a new motherboard.
    3- Doubtful. I'd go for an intel-based platform at that point.
  2. This build would be far faster. It's at $507.00, but once you figure in rebates it's much less.

    Antec Sonata case It's not flashy but it comes with an actual quality Antec EA500 PSU. Far better than the cheap Ultra.

    ASUS P5QL Pro P43 MB Nice board, good features.

    Intel E8400 Far faster and better frames in most games, over an AMD 9950. Highly overclockable.

    Sapphire 4830 Very fast little card.

    OCZ 2x2GB 800Mhz Practically free after rebate :p

    Really, far faster rig.

    Look at the first few sections in my guide, linked in my sig, for more info.
  3. Is there any reason for a gamer to go with AMD CPUs at this point in time?
  4. yes, price.
  5. Agreed on price. Most of the time, games seem to like more graphics horsepower than CPU horsepower, so the cheaper AMD chips can get you by, and allow you go get a nicer graphics card.
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