System Overhaul for $500

Hi,
so I am in the process of preparing to purchase these parts but I was wandering if there are any final tweaks I should do?

This will be for mid-high range gaming and everyday use + future proofing.

This will include:

Antec 300 gaming case $55
ASRock 890GX-Extreme 3 $135
AMD AM3 Phenom II x4 965 $167
Antec HCG-620 PSU $110
TEAM 4GB Kit DDR 3 1333 $60

Total: AUD$527

and I have a 9800GT in the original system, which I plan to re-use as it is not that old.

So what are your opinions and are there any modifications I should do to the list?

Any pros or cons to this build?

Thank you guys!
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  1. Try the 870 Extreme 3 instead of the 890.

    get a955, you can turn it into a 965 or 970 with two clicks in bios.

    see if you can squeeze in a more modern GPU, like a HD 5750/5770 or GTS 450
  2. If mid/high end gaming is on the table i would look to hit vastly more horsepower in the GPU dept. over a 9800GT a.s.a.p and yes even at the expense of a quad as games currently arent optimised for quads over a spread of games to date


    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738-16.html
    Quote:
    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
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