Midrange Gaming System Build

I am choosing parts for a friend's gaming computer, I just want to make sure there aren't any red flags with this build.

179.99 XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
46.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
159.99 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8200
31.98 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
134.99 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
59.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
64.99 Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2
44.99 PLEXTOR 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model PX-850SA PLEXTOR 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model PX-850SA

Total = 723.91
I'm ordering all the parts off newegg and waiting for my friend to pick a case he likes. I went with the cheapest quad core I could find and added a decent cooler since it will probably be overclocked. The OS will probably be Vista x64 however my friend will handle that on his own. The budget is about $800 but obviously lower is better. So I guess my questions are, should I change anything for a cheaper part? Is there something blatantly wrong / even mildly wrong with the hardware I've chosen? and are there any other recommendations you would like to add?

EDIT: I should have added, he's not into gaming at the "runs crysis at 60fps constant" level. Source based games, newer games playable at medium settings (FPS and RTS mostly)
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  1. for a gaming pc you would be better off with an e8400 rather than the lower clocked quad .
  2. Looks good to me :) keep the QuadCore and OC it :) i don't recommend getting a dual core since your friends is going to play RTS games,and he will benefit from extra cores :)
  3. ^+1
    Even an AMD X4 955 build can easily fit in that budget...

    X4 955 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3

    RAM -
    Crucial Tracer

    HDD - WD Black 640GB

    Graphics card - 4870 1GB - As good as the GTX 260...
    ($139.99 after $20.00 Mail-In
    Free Shipping* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121291

    DVD -
    LITE-ON Black 22X - Retail

    PSU - Same

    CPU cooler -
    Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2

    Total - $737 | $687 with rebates...

    And give me 1 good reason to choose you intel build over this one...(Except being loyal to intel)
  4. well if he really wants a cheap quad core, you could get him an Phenom II X2 550 and unlock the other two cores...lol...

    But if you really want to stick with intel, I would definitely OC that quad core
  5. You guys should check out this combo.

    You can do a 4870 1GB, 4GB RAM, Corsair 520HX, WD6401AALS, etc...
  6. If you want a really good power supply:

    500W to 550W: 12 Power Supplies Compared - Anandtech.com

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