Building a budget gaming PC

ASUS MS238H 23IN Widescreen Ultra Slim LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 10000000:1 HDMI DVI VGA
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DirectX 11 Video Card

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
Antec 900 casing with all fans included (20$ from a friend)

Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H AMD785G mATX AM2+ PCI-E DDR2 Video Sound GBLAN CrossFireX HDMI Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.1GHZ 7MB Cache

Kingston HyperX 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 PC2-8500 5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

Hi Everyone,

This is the PC that I'm currently building. I decided to go with the dual core 3.1 since this will be a gaming PC only. I'll upgrade to a Quad with DDR3 memory in the next 2~3 years if and only if I'll notice a difference. For now, I'll be able to play all games at high settings and I don't think I'll have a problem with StarCraft 2 or Diablo 3. I strongly believe that Crysis is a poorly designed game that consumes way too many resources inefficiently so please don't use this game as a Benchmark.

What do you think for a budget system?

I'm sort of tempted to get the XFX Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ however I don't know if I'll notice a difference.

I'm open to suggestions.

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  1. I dont understand why you dont just step up to an AM3 motherboard and DDR3 RAM. There is not enough price difference to justify building a new system that is a generation behind. If you have an AM3 motherboard you will eb able to drop in an AMD quad or even the next gen 6 core AMD cpu, with an AM2+ you may be bios locked into older only CPU models.
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