Critique my build/ $500gaming rig suggestions

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1600C8LV4GK

Adds up to about $460 before shipping. I already have a video card and a psu so I don't need it. Open to suggestions about my build.
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  1. Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - Worth the extra money for the speed increase, along with capacity!!

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Faster (Better Timings) RAM at the same price!!
  2. Here's my suggestion, get two cheap 7200 RPM harddrives and run them in RAID 0. Much faster loading times, and you can do that for about 70-80 bucks.

    2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148231 and you've got 160gb of RAID 0 for 71 dollars (or you can up it to 2 x160gb HDDs).

    I also agree with the g.skill suggestion. Faster ram, and they're a very very very reliable RAM manufacturer.
  3. am I missing the video card? for heavy duty gaming, you'll probably need a discrete one.

    edit, nm, I see you have one.
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