ok let's go from the top
good CPU for the money .. also you will not be able to oc it ( you can also get i3-2100 which is still pretty good CPU - goes for $100 at microcenter)
no need for aftermarket cooler as u will not oc your CPU
get a better brand motherboard - ASUS, Gigabyte
that memory is 1.65v u need 1.5v .. Gskill, Corsair
HDD is fine .. but not the best .. if u can find WD Caviar Black or Samsung F3 go for it
for the case I would recommend going with Antec 300 or NZXT Gamma for your budget
Definitely change PSU ... brands like Corsair, PC power and cooling, Antec ..etc
optical drive is whatever
i3-2100 will beat phenom at any time .. look at the recommendations from Tom
AMD boards are technically dead and have no pass to upgrade .. AMD will stop making new desktop processors next year.
and don't listen to a hippie dog
How about upgrading your i3-2100 after a year or so to new ivi bridge 4 or more cores CPU? Because I would recommend an i3-2100 over 955 be.
AMD boards are not dead, and does have a pass to upgrade, but by now the intel is better move.
I havent yet decided but i id have to put on hold cause the wife spent my entire christmas bonus in one day.... sigh 1500 dollars, i only wanted 600 of it... but alas the perks of being married i guess.