Gaming rig trying to stay at $500 mark need a little guidance please

Hello everyone, first off thanks for taking the time to help a gal out here lol^^ this is my first attempt at building my first PC, i have became a little intimidated with what is compatible with what and so on, if someone was able to hand over a box with parts guaranteed to fit together i could surely put it together, you give me a empty box to buy the parts i would prolly just crawl in the box and hide lol. So.. this is what i have came up with and I'm not 100% err even 45% sure this stuff is compatible but I have tried so hopefully i don't embarrass myself to much. :pfff: , i read a previous post about the 500 gaming rig and that's about my budget, but found a few different parts i would like if they end up working with everything else i picked ><.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or asap BUDGET RANGE: 500ish After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming(world of warcraft, sims, civilization), Photoshop Cs4 (mainly photo editing) surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR, tigerdirect, amazon. Never had to buy this many pc parts at once so not really picky of store, just cheap and safe to buy from hehe. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none really since I know no different >< Please recommend different if i have choosen something i can do without or have no need for ty

OVERCLOCKING: no preferance i think :ouch:

MONITOR RESOLUTION: i use a viewsonic 22 inch at 1280x1024 res the most for gaming and such

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i dont have to have the best parts, as long as theres room to upgrade in the future, just mainly "more bang for the buck" at the moment for a decent gaming rig that i can do the above tasks
I have compiled these parts all from newegg cause thats the store i have really only used for pc parts, so if theres better elsewhere im there! Keep in mind i mainly want to be able to play World of warcraft/sims/civilization and use cs4, so i dont really know if i have picked somthing "overpowered" & I hope i picked stuff that fits together if not i apologize for my stupidity, 1 day ill get it lol :love:

Mobo/Cpu combo (save 15$ for buying as a combo) $196.99 combined after the rebates
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX

OS/Optical Drive combo (save $8.00 as combo) $126.98
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM (can i even use the system builders version?)
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive

HD $69.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case $79.00 (the case really dont matter to me if i can save a few bucks, i only picked this 1 cause it came with a power supply)
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

Video Card$79.00 after rebate
PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE5XEB GeForce 9800 GT EE 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Memory $82.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBPK

Total comes out to $634.95 which is a little over budget and not including anything else im not aware i need. :whistle: So if you see anything i can go cheaper with or have no need for to do what i want to do please recommend it i would be so grateful ! Thank you soooooooooooooooo much again for your time have a great thanksgiving.
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    You have done your home work and your computer would work fine

    But to save a little money and maybe increase performance a little too

    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core +
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $172.

    Theres an article on the toms homepage comparing $100 processors

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $65

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $55

    faster/cheaper , but a bit less storage

    Your case might be cheap but so will the power supply and that can be a problem so

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion + Antec earthwatts EA430 430W $107

    Your gfx card $79

    Win7 Home premium 64 bit $107

    Total is $585 and it still needs a dvd drive , so around $620
  2. I would certainly avoid that Raidmax case and power supply. Either go with Outlanders choice or if you really need lower cost try this Antec case/power supply combo at $80
  3. ty both for your help, i ended up going with what outlander posted, cant wait to get it here^^ ty again very much appreciated! :D
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