i built my last computer when a 400mhz FSB was fairly decent, and everything was ide, so a lot of this is new to me. its time for a new one, ive done hours of research and put together a system i will be purchasing in a few days. i just wanted to post it up to see if a better match can be make for the same price or less. its already a little more than i wanted to spend, so if anyone has a better option, or if ive built a bottle neck somewhere, the solution must be cheaper. i plan on running old HL2 games and bf3 and windows 7. maybe a little bit of cad and light video editing, but gaming performance is my primary concern. thanks, sean.
Try something like this instead
motherboard with an H77 chipset . Consider the m-ATX options
2 x 4 gig of RAM
Radeon 7850 1 gig for $165
$50 case Antec One gamer , HAF 912 , Bitfenix , Corsair 200
450 - 500 watt 80+ bronze psu
Really, your going to turn this around? I suggested multiple times if that you get a 2 gb card. Why did you ever ask that, I recommended two gb for a reason. You order that parts AFTER people say it looks good.