Looking for advice on this ~$1k build

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1k or less
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW, regular surfing & business apps
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor & Nividia video card

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to build a system that will run World of Warcraft very well at 1920x1080 (it's the only game I play); I'd like something that will be passable for two years with few or no hardware upgrades. I plan to run Windows 7 64-bit. I'd prefer to stick with an AMD processor and Nividia video. I do not wish to overclock. Below is what I currently have in mind, I'd like to know if there are any problems with this set-up, or if there are any special considerations I might need to be aware of. I welcome any other helpful recommendations.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
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  1. Everything's good, except that I strongly advise you to consider getting a 5850, as it is better in terms of framerates compared to the GTX 285 and it is better in power consumption compared to both the GTX 285 & 275 and even the GTX 260. And the cheaper ones are only about $10 more expensive than the 275 you linked. You will be getting the worse end of the deal by getting a 275. The only reason to go Nvidia right now is if you are fanboy or can find compelling, impartial evidence (hard numbers) that a Nvidia card is superior in a game you want to play.
  2. I was mainly swayed by this:


    In which testing showed that all Ati cards performed slightly buggy playing WoW (at least as compared to Nivida cards, which did not).

    "Furthermore all tested Radeon cards suffered from some kind of lag that really affected the gaming experience: Regardless of high framerates the individual frames weren't delivered smoothly - the fps counter was abruptly varying between high and low values. Since Fraps can protocol the framerate by the second, this phenomenon isn't even fully visible in the frame line chart or the minimal framerate. Up to now we weren't able to find a solution for the problem and even changing the test system or reinstalling the drivers didn't solve it."
  3. I'm not really convinced by that review's relevance for two reasons: 1. It is 6 months old and 2. It hasn't tested the new ATI 5000 series cards. If I was you I'd try and find a more recent review that has included the new ATI cards before making a decision between that Geforce and new Radeon cards. But it's up to you.
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