Would this make a good gaming PC?

I'm building my first computer and i mainly want to game on it. I want to be able to play games such as Empire: Total War, Shogun 2: Total War, Starcraft 2, Diablo III all at nice settings where i can enjoy the game with minimal to no lag. My budget is $650.

Here goes:
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103727

Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131647

Memory: G Skill 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231223

Video Card: GeForce GTX 460 Fermi overclocked
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130571

Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM 6.0GB/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136795

Power Supply: Antec BP550 550W ATX 12V V2.2 modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371016

Any suggestions for cheaper parts for same performance value would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  1. Change the CPU - Perform about the same with same overclocking headroom
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=955-_-19-103-808-_-Product

    Drop the motherboard - Newer chipset same price better features
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262&Tpk=asrock%20extreme4%20970

    Drop Memory - Only LGA 1366 supports triple channel, no other chipset.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092&cm_re=4gb_ddr3_1333_mushkin-_-20-226-092-_-Product

    Drop the card - This will have more OC headroom and perform better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&cm_re=6870-_-14-102-948-_-Product

    Drop the HDD - Overpriced, performs the same with F3, less space, louder.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20f3%201tb

    I would've changed everything.
  2. The CPU's are actually the same price this weekend with the coupon code, so 965 is ok as well. If they are not the same price, yeah go with 955.

    ^+1 on the motherboard, it's a brand new one, they don't even have a picture yet :)

    ^+1 on the HDD, esp since the samsung is 49.99 this weekend with the coupon code.

    ^+1 on the memory dual channel for the board

    The GTX460 is not bad if you can get it for a good price ~$140:ish.
    But the Sapphire 6870 suggested above is a very good card as well. So at the same price I would pick the 6870.
  3. :D ^+1
  4. Appreciate the advice guys. Quick question about Video card compatibility. Can i use the 2.1 6870 in a 2.0 slot?

    Thanks again.
  5. Yes you can, all PCI is backwards compatible.
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