First pc build advice

shooting for around 800 bucks, with monitor and os. any advice to lower the cost without losing performance would be great, this is my first build, but i'm somewhat familiar with hardware. kind of. right now i believe that the processor is my weak link, but let me know if i'm wrong, thanks!

any advice would be appreciated.

hard drive - 54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136497

monitor - 119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254049

ASUS M4A87TD + cd/dvd burner - 116.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.496906

sapphire vapor x hd5770 + windows 7 oem - 234.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493105

antec 300 illusion + gskill ripjaws 4gb ddr3 1600 - 134.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492958

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP + AMD athlon II x3 445 rana - 142.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.510612

total - 804.90 not including rebates and shipping. because i don't trust rebates.
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  1. To be honest that looks like a professional build. I could not do any better for that price. The x3 445 is a great little budget chip that may even unlock into a quad, and even if not overclocks pretty well. Great use of combos.
  2. That ram is marginally faster and it would add about $30 to the build while adding basically no performance at all unless all you ever do is run memory benchmarks.
    The hard drive is definitely better however.
  3. Get a cheaper PSU. Unless you plan on crossfire.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    And IMO the cooler master haf 912 is > antec 300\
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
  4. The Hard Drive is better. I did not even click to see what you had selected as the 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 has been $54 for months now so I just assumed that is what you had chosen. The rest of your build looks great.
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