Budget poker build <$800

Hi forum. I'm looking to build a budget desktop for online poker with a splash of gaming and would appreciate all the input and advice you can offer. I need have the processing power to smoothly run multiple tables and multiple programs that extrapolate and manipulate data/statistics from large databases. I would also like to run starcraft on high settings with a decent framerate.

Motherboard- My greatest concern is a affordable motherboard for an AMD phenom II 1055t.

GPU- how much can i skimp here? My roomate's overclocked GT 9800 512 mb and i3 dual 2.93 ghz can run high quality SC2 at 40-50 frames per second on a 1920x1080 Asus ms238h.
I have the same monitor and I need to run up to 30 poker tables simultaneously, which isn't too gpu demanding since the graphics stay relatively static. My lenovo T61 thinkpad with 1.8ghz core duo starts slowing down/sometimes freezing at around 20 tables. I would need at most 2 monitors and i'm not too worried about mediocre graphics while gaming.

Power suppy- overclocking the 1055t to 4ghz increases power consumption to 313.5 watts. If i'm overclocking a cheaper graphics card how much max power should i aim for when looking for a power supply?
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a few weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 800 maximum. $600 to $700 would be ideal

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: poker / gaming / movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor / keyboard / mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD build with high processing power

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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Here's my build so far with some combos involved

CPU- AMD Phenom II x6 1055t 2.8 ghz
$172 (Save $15 with class15 code. already subtracted in price to the left)
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HDT55TFB&title=AMD-Phenom-II-X6-Six-Core-Processor-1055T-2-8GHz-AM3-OEM
Complaints with the stock heatsink so i'm buying a seperate one.

GPU - Geforce GT 9800 512mb
$60 (after $30 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130535

MOTHERBOARD- GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$170 combo with hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.473527

RAM-Gskill Ripjaw 2x2gb
CASE- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$145 combo deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469343

OD / PSU:
$50 (after $20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470072

HEATSINK- - for cpu cooling- sunbeam 120mm
$25 (after $15 MIR)
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

HD- seagate 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

Total = $622 after MIR
Enough processing power to kill poker and oc gpu is good enough to run SC at a decent 40-50 FPS.
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  1. A 5770 1GB card will run about $140.
    Don't pick the ram before you pick the mobo.
    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H is one I would look at.
    If you are willing to run Win7 (which has trim support), an SSD will give you an
    amazing boot and general use speed increase. It's all about load (read) times.
    Once you use an SSD, you will never build a system without one.
    Too bad they don't really fit your current budget, but someday they will.
    Without Win7 trim, an SSD is a maintenance pain in the A....
  2. I'd prob be better off with 6g ram instead of a ssd at this point.
    I'm thinking the PSU i have up there isn't good enough.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=corsair_650-_-17-139-005-_-Product
    for $60 after the pricecuts looks good
  3. Just updated. What do you guys think?
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