Help: Media/casual gaming $500-$700 budget PC

I'm working on building my first computer--primarily because I'm convinced I can get bigger bang for my buck than anything prebuilt, and hopefully with something that will last longer and can be more easily upgraded in the future. ...But if after reviewing everything there's someone who thinks a prebuilt system would be better bang/bunk, please let me know.

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$700 Before Rebates, including shipping. The cheaper the better. INCLUDING PERIPHERALS AND MONITOR.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Running multiple programs (high internet use, Office, video), Internet, Word Processing, Video (including HDTV), and casual gaming (mainly L4D/L4D2, portal, and Bioshock 1 & 2).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (will be dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu) --already have


PARTS PREFERENCES: Preferably AMD, but not opposed to Intel

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No / Maybe in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hoping for a quiet PC and within the budget. I would like a motherboard with lots of USB ports. This is my first build, so please recommend as much as possible :)

Tenative Parts List:

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGQBOX

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

Video Card:
POWERCOLOR AX5670 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$88.99 + $6.98 shipping

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: NO IDEA! Doesn't need to be fancy--I don't care if there are side windows. Preferably black and still within $500-$700 budget.

Fan/Heatsink: I don't know what I need in this department...

CD/DVD Drive:
SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
(I know I still need to buy a SATA cable). I may upgrade to have dual drives either another CD/DVD or a bluray once I have some more cash)

ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out

Wireless adaptor:
TP-LINK TL-WN722N IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bits WEP WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)

Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop - OEM
$18.99 + $3.99 shipping

Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM

Rosewill RCM-3201V True 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam
$24.99 + $2.99 Shipping

Am I missing anything?

TOTAL including shipping, obviously not including case or fans yet: $681.85

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  1. I would be willing to push the budget to $800, but I really wouldn't like to go over that. Broke college student :\
  2. Nice selection of parts IMO...But I would prefer the Tri-Core...better for Multitasking...

    What about the PSU ? I dont think you should skimp on the quality of the PSUs...
    Here is one wiht a case combo

    And do look out for combos...would easily save good money...
  3. Well u stated casual gaming/no OC but HD 5670 is a wee bit too casual so
    23" Asus LCD @ $165AR
    Tower @ $453AR,free ship

    $618AR in total

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