Complete System Overhaul, need your advice

Hello everyone this is my first post here but I've been reading around trying to figure out what direction I want to go, I've been out of the computer component loop for a few years so bear with me. A few months back my GPU crapped out that had been running smoothly for years(e-GeForce 9800 GX2 SSC). Since I paid $600 at the time for that card I figured it would be silly to just stick another card in my system and go on when the rest of my system has aged. So I will post my current system, and I will post the system I have an idea of and anyone can make suggestions as to what you would do, please post links though!

Current Build running Windows XP Pro:

GPU: e-GeForce 9800 GX2 SSC -
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ -
RAM: Mushkin 2x1GB DDR2-800 -
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue -
DVD Drive: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner -
Case: XCLIO Full Tower -
Monitor: Samsung 245BW -
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W -
ALT Monitor/TV:

I am trying to stay within a budget of $600 because I don't make much money being an airman in the USAF, unfortunately lol. ATM I plan to stick with this monitor until I can afford a better one(though it doesn't have HDMI or DisplayPort), stick with the PSU, stick with the case, for the time being stick with the HDD until later funds allow for a ssd, and finally stick with the DVD drive until I can afford a Bluray drive.

Possible Upgrade Build running Windows 7 Home 64:

GPU: Radeon HD 7950 3GB -
(I've always been an Nvidia fan, but this comes with 3 new free games and solid performance!)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition -
(I've always stuck with AMD since they are cheap and seem to work decently)
RAM: Mushkin 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 -
MOBO: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) -

Future Additions:
SDD: Kingston HyperX 120GB -

As I said can't wait to hear your input and suggestions on anything I should change/substitute as I want this computer to last a solid 2 years before another upgrade, I only have about $700 to make this upgrade.
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  1. Correct me If I'm wrong but the 965BE might bottleneck the 7950 in some games like BF3.
    Get a FX6300 if you can and a better mobo since 760g chipsets aren't really that good. Get atleast a 880g or a 970 chipset mobo.
    Get 1600mhz RAM instead of 1333 because they are almost the same price.
  2. Any more suggestions, anyone?
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