Need Advice On Building a Budget Gaming PC

What I'm really looking for here is some replies entailing details on cheaper, more cost effective deals that anyone knows about (preferably under $600, if not $700), as well as if there are any problems in compatibility in the parts below:

RAIDMAX SIRIUS ATX-701WB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156060

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113

HIS H487Q1GH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$174.99 (159.99 after mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161292

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

hec HEC500TEWX 500W ATX12V Ver2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
$54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339031

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
$74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227346

Tuniq CR-T120-EX-BK 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154008

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128398
Combo Price: $193.99 (178.99 after mail-in rebate)

Basically, I need help in determining if there are any better deals for a gaming computer under $700, such as if there are any combos I don't know about. Please tell me if there are any compatibility problems in this selection. I'm fairly new to this forum, and I am new to building computers.

I do not need a mouse, but if there is a good deal for a monitor please let me know.
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  1. By the way, the total cost is $679.19 after shipping and mail-in rebates.
  2. That CPU cooler is horribly overpriced and just not worth it. Get a cheaper, but still good one like the Cooler Master 212 for example.

    You can save some more by getting a 785 chipset, which is roughly equal if you don't intend to add a second GPU.

    Use some of the money saved to get a good PSU (aka big brand name). 500W is plenty, but make certain to get a good brand like Antec, Corsair or OCZ.

    DDR3-1066 is significantly slower than 1333 and the price gap is small.

    Other than that, keep an eye out for combo deals.
  3. The only additional recommendations I have to lower the price would be to wait and buy a HSF later.

    You could also get a cheaper case. The Antec Two Hundred would save you $10.

    This is a cheaper mobo/CPU combo: Phenom X2 550 and ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO for $179. Not cheaper after rebate. I would look into some combos with the X4 550 though. This would be a little cheaper, and still an excellent CPU.
  4. I've changed out the fan and the memory:

    COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
    $11.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103075

    Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail
    $83.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    It now comes to $638.55 after shipping and mail-in rebate
  5. all im getting with the x4 550 is a type of printer XD
  6. I also changed out the power supply and the case:

    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070
    Combo Price: $79.94

    the new total is $613.07 after shipping and mail-in rebate
    By the way, thanks for this.
  7. What about an O/S ? When you build a system like this don't you have to add another $100-$125 for the O/S?
  8. I have a disc for windows xp somewhere, and my dad is planning on getting windows 7.
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