1st budget rig under 700?

Hello, im really excited in building my first gaming "budget " rig but i"m stuck with a dilemma. Now keep in mind i have my budget included the OS and security software, but will savage anything from my old PC (DVD writer, HD, moniter, mouse and keyboard). I really want to keep it down to 600 but with tax and shipping, its neary impossible to make it happen. I want to invest in and AMD Phenom II before they ran out, so which cpu should I go for? I want to a CPU that will do basically our everyday use (bills,browsing, video editing,multitasking) and playing Civ games.
I,m set on Sapphire Radeon 6850 with future Crossfire compatibility but I want the PC to be good for 4-5 yrs. Any suggestions?
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  1. MOBO : ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+
    CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition
    RAM : Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
    CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    TOTAL : $675.93 without rebates.
    Mobo support future Crossfire , PSU support future Crossfire.
    For security software u can use free editions. Antivirus : AVG , AVIRA, AVAST.
    Antispyware : LAVASOFT AdAware free edition, Spybot search & destroy
    Antimalware : Malwarebytes
    Firewall : Comodo
  2. You dont need to pay for Anti-Virus you can get AVG and run that it works great and costs 0 dollars :bounce:
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    If you want to go AMD road, go for #2's post. But the i5's are better gaming wise. If you live near a microcenter, definitely get a i5 2400 cause its only $150 there.

    Just a suggestion:All newegg

    [CPU] i5 2400 $190
    [MB] BIOSTAR TH67B LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s $80
    [Ram] G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $37
    [GPU] ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $190
    [PSU] Antec ECO 620w $60
    [Case] Cooler Master Elite 430 $55
    [OS] Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

    Total: $712

    If you want to stay within your range, just find another brand of 6870, theres a sapphire for only $165.
  4. Those are really great replies, i'm really hoping to impress my wife because she was leaning towards an ipad and seriously dont need any extra bill every month. I'm going to crunch a few more prices to see i can go down to 600. Replies and any suggestions would be more helpful! Thanks!
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