New gaming build - Seeking advice on my choices (~700$ Can)

Purchase Date: I'd like to get it as soon as possible. If waiting a couple months is the smartest thing to do, I'll consider that too.
Usage from most to least important: Gaming (WoW mostly, SC2 and D3 when they're out, some RTS as well), watching some movies, general usage.
Parts not required: I have a monitor, mouse, I can dig up a keyboard, or I might have to buy one, speakers laying around somewhere, I'll be buying Vista 64-bit.
Preferred website for parts: Infonec.ca or another Canadian site that offers pick up in the Toronto, GTA area, or one with free shipping.
Overclocking: Maybe - I don't know much about it, I'm open to learn if it will really save me money/improve performance.
Crossfire: Maybe - I'd like to have the option of upgrading to a Xfire config, unless it means I need to invest a lot more in a better CPU or other components to avoid bottlenecking.
Monitor: I will be using a 22-inch HP monitor.
Other: I want to build something that's going to last me a bit, with upgrade options if possible. However, I'm conflicted, is it better to future proof and spend more or buy cheaper now, and replace with cheaper later? I'm looking for a bit of education on this if possible.

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1 436944 SH-S223F/BEBN Samsung SH-S223F 22x DVD±RW Drive $27.99
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=436944

1 353551 OCZ2P10664GK OCZ DDR2 4GB (2x2048) D/C Kit PN - OCZ2P10664GK PC2-8500 Platinum 4GB Edition Dual Channel $59.00
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=353551

1 353163 THREEHUNDRED Antec THREEHUNDRED Small Versatile Case Black finish $59.00
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=353163

1 436948 ST3320613AS/418AS Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 - Hard drive - 320 GB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 16 MB $53.50
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=436948

1 316322 EA500 Antec EarthWatts EA 500 - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 100-240 V - 500 Watt - active PFC $79.99
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=316322

1 410466 Sapphire 4870 Sapphire HD 4870 512M GDDR5 2XDVI+VO PCIe (RL) $149.99

http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=410466

1 443049 M4A78-E ASUS M4A78-E SKT.AM3 AMD 790GX/SB750 2PCI/2PCI-E X16, 4D.DDR2-1066, RADEON HD3300 GPU,HDMI,ATX $125.00
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=443049

1 443136 HDZ720WFGIBOX AMD Black Edition - Processor - 1 x AMD Phenom II X3 720 / 2.8 GHz - Socket AM3 - L3 6 MB - Box $155.00
http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=443136

Total: $709.47

I'd like to save as much money as possible, if I can accomplish what I'm after for less, please let me know. Additionally though, if I can make some major upgrades for a minor cost difference, I'm interested in those suggestions as well (who isn't though?).

To the best of my knowledge, everything in the list should work together, but I don't consider myself extremely knowledgeable with these things, so please let me know what is/isn't compatible if anything.

Thanks in advance, I really appreciate any constructive input anyone has.
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  1. 0. Check prices at Newegg.ca : http://www.newegg.ca/

    1. Get this PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003&Tpk=450VX
    Corsair 450VX.

    2. Buy CPU here: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649
    It's only $150 at Newegg.

    3. Get this HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098
    It's a little faster.

    4. Get the 1GB 4870 for a little more: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394
    XFX has Double Life time warranty and are very good quality and customer support is very good too.

    5. I'm not really sure (OCing/compatibility) about that ASUS board as most AM3 boards uses DDR3.
  2. I really wouldnt suggest you get the .11's on seagate. Firmware problems went sky high and brick problems on the terabytes hit the fan. the .12's are probably listed as a fast hdd but, during other processes they either didn't do so well or they did alright.

    I would go with wd black / samsung f1 - f2.
  3. Thanks for the updates so far.

    Shadow, I've updated my list with all four of your suggestions.

    I'd rather not order from newegg.ca though, and instead pick-up at a shop in Toronto. It saves me the shipping/handling fees, and I believe I can get a cash discount with an in-store purchase.

    Anyone have suggestions about a mother board?

    I'm a little confused now with my selection being AM3 socket and only using DDR2.
  4. The board you listed is actually the AM2+ board so it will work with DDR2, the M4A78T-E is the AM3 board and only works with DDR3 and AM3 CPUs.

    Definitely dont get the seagate 11 series, see about getting a 500GB seagate 12 series of samsung F3 drive, they are both single platter drives and will be fast and quiet.
  5. Quote:
    I'd rather not order from newegg.ca though, and instead pick-up at a shop in Toronto. It saves me the shipping/handling fees, and I believe I can get a cash discount with an in-store purchase.

    Makes sense.

    Quote:
    The board you listed is actually the AM2+ board so it will work with DDR2, the M4A78T-E is the AM3 board and only works with DDR3 and AM3 CPUs.

    Yup. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259607-30-asus-m4a78-m4a78t-790gx
    I was a bit confused with the naming. lol. They need to make the naming scheme easier. WHY would the have two flavors of the same board???
  6. asus and gigabyte both differentiate the AM3 boards by adding a T onto the end of the model, its because the boards are identical except for DDR3 slots instead of DDR2 and an AM3 socket instead of AM2+, all of the other components are the same.
  7. ^Thanks for that info. Didn't know about that. :)
  8. get a wd hdd
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