$800 gaming build

--->a good friend of mine is building a new computer, seeing as I a new to system building, I would like to make sure this is a good build for his price range before reccomending<--

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: $800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, word processing, web browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, hust a fast system

OVERCLOCKING: not sure Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure, most likely 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: not possible to increase budget


parts choosen:

Case: Antec Two Hundred; 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P; 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115131&cm_re=core2quad-_-19-115-131-_-Product

GPU: HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB; 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161310&cm_re=ATI_5770-_-14-161-310-_-Product

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB SDRAM DDR2 1066; 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166&cm_re=4_gb_DDR2_1066-_-20-231-166-_-Product

PSU: Antec Basiq BP500U 500W; 49.27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&cm_re=550w_PSU-_-17-371-016-_-Product

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM; 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113&cm_re=7200_RPM_hdd-_-22-136-113-_-Product

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_64_bit-_-32-116-754-_-Product

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW; 21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175&cm_re=SAMSUNG_Black_22X_DVD%2bR_8X_DVD-_-27-151-175-_-Product

subtotal: $806.19

I would like this to be improved or approved before I recommend this to him, willing to go AMD, but please no fanboyism
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  1. the core two quad is crappy here is a mobo cpu combo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315742
  2. that actually looks really good, better and saves money too, then buy this RAM:

    Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 ; 101.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148150&cm_re=1066_ddr3_4gb-_-20-148-150-_-Product
  3. Intel has discontinued Core2 in favor of its new i3, i5 and i7 series CPUs. DDR2 RAM production is falling off in favor of DDR3. While it would be a decent computer now, you might have a hard time tracking down used parts if you need to replace a bad memory stick or motherboard in a year or two.

    I would go with an AM3 motherboard like a Gigabyte 770T-UD3P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    and at least a 3 core CPU like the Athlon II x3 435.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724
    for the same price as that intel quad you could even get an AMD Phenom II x4 955
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674


    Then get a faster boot drive, (caviar blue = cool & quiet server data drive) like the Samsung F3 500 or a Seagate 7200.12 500GB and a 4GB (2*2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM kit and you are all set.
  4. The Basiq is Antecs lowest quality PSU. The Antec Neo Eco 520C is $10 more and 80+ certified.

    The Caviar Blue would not be my choice for a boot drive. A newer, larger, faster seagate 7200.12 500GB or Samsung F3 500GB is only $10 more
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