Planning new build (first build)

I've been basically stalking the articles section for months waiting for the perfect gaming build and its always not quite what I want or over my budget. With D3's release approaching I want to make a build that can handle D3 and other games like Battlefield 3. Just to say this "my first build" I don't have much of an idea what I'm doing and the biggest problem I have always had in making my own build is I have no clue how to pick out the right power and graphics, mainly graphics. My max budget is around $700-800 but the lower the better.

For a processor I'm swaying toward a build around an AMD processor just because AMD has a higher speed with lower cost and I've got no plans for overclocking. I'm iffy on the motherboard and memory and have no idea what graphic card or power supply I need.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Not sure which of these fits the build better
MSI 870A-G46

LG DVD Burner

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005

For memory I'm still not sure if I should go with 2x2GB or 1x4GB, no idea which is the better choice. I may upgrade later and would rather not buy a whole new set of memory, I'm not used to running graphic intense games or programs so I'm not really sure how much I'll need.

All advice and critic is appreciated.
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    with ram the most anyone would need today is 8g of ram that would be for the os and muilt windows open or someone that was doing photoshop. 4g is fine if your just web surrfing. with most new mb you can put just one dimm in. most mb that have 4 slots are broken down into two banks. (a and b). most vendor for the fasted ram speed expect a user to put two match dimms in one of the banks. the only think to watch out with ram is that you buy memory that on the mb qual list. not all ram will run in every mb. dont cheap out on your power supply. if it fails or cant handel the load while gaming it can shut down or lock up your system. video cards are a little more simple. looking at is the price per performance at the res you want to game at. by looking at tome hardware gpu roound up you can see the frame rate of most gpu on toms test bench. what your going to look for is a card that can do min 30 frames at the monitor setting your going to use. go to low and during big battles your going to lag out. seen this with my older nvidia 210. and coh. right now some of the best price for performance is the older 6870 cards. there being replaced with the 7000 chips right now so there getting hard to fined. on nvidia side the 560/560ti are the best price for the dollar. this can change as nvidia some time in the next few months going to have the 660 line of cards out.
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