SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing World of Warcraft (raiding). other games SC2, Diablo3 when they come out. surfing the web.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ASUS Motherboard (if possible), best quality for cheap
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can get the student discount on windows 7 for 60$ (think they upped it from 30 ). I want to get some decent fps as well, maybe 30 - 50 while raiding medium graphics (max if possible) (also have Phoenix mount, I've heard that it messes up your graphics card but i haven't found any proof). I would like it to last for at least 2 years if possible aswell.
If you are going to stay at 1024x768 you could go with a really cheap card like a 5670. Since you are likely to move up to a 1920x1080 LCD in that time (old CRT will die eventually) you should probably look at the current best price/performance which is the 5770. Should be able to raid at high resolutions on 1920x1080 with that card.
An ASUS AM3 motherboard should be about $100
Athlon IIx3 435 CPU ($75)
2x2 GB DDR3-1600 RAM ($110)
5770 GPU ($160)
Antec 300 illusion case + Antec Neo Eco 520 or EA 650 PSU combo (around $130)
Samsung F3 500GB HDD ($55)
Total is about $630 + S&H you might find some combos to reduce that.