[homebuilt] First ever home build - advice appreciated

I'm considering building a system for general use and light gaming - in particular, I'd like to be able to play any modern game at medium settings. My max budget is $550. How does the following build sound?

Case and power supply:

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWR460 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case RS-460-PSAR-J3, Elite 460W Power Supply ($70, newegg)

CPU, Motherboard:

785GM-P45 AM3 mATX motherboard, MSI ($10 combo deal with the processor at local microcenter, ends Dec 5)
AMD Phenom X4 965 black edition ($160)

Graphics card:

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0, $60 at TigerDirect via "Black Friday II" coupon code


ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 ($150 @ newegg)

RAM: ADATA 4GB DDR3 1333, $50 (microcenter)

HD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB, $50 (microcenter, not sure about this, capacity seems low)


total: $400 with the 9800GT card, $500 with 5770 card.
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  1. I just realized that the Cooler Master's power supply gets poor reviews. Instead, I might consider a cheapo case like the powerSpec TX366 steel case, $17 sale, newegg, and a better power supply (Cooler Master GX Series 650W ATX is $55 at microcenter right now).
  2. your putting to much of your budget into the cpu. with the 9800 gt card your going to be GPU limited.

    your better off (in my opinion, spending more money for a better GPU and going for a PII X2 (560) ....

    something like this.

    do the combo deal on the PII x2 and 785gm motherboard








    looking at about 490 before rebates on this... will be around 430 after your rebates.

    If you feeling like dumping a bit more money in the build, spring for one of the more expensive MB processor combo's that include a board with which you can potentially unlock cores. There's a good chance you could then unlock the phenom II x2 into a X3 or X4 ...

    g'luck to you.
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