I'm very new here and trying to build my first computer, so this may well be the first in a long line of posts.
I'm basically trying to build a fairly inexpensive gaming pc that can run anything from Mass Effect 2 to Starcraft 2 without much problem. Also this is something I would like to be able to upgrade in the future based on availability of funds. So looking at something that can run well currently, but can also be upgraded for higher performance. This is part of what led me to choose a full tower over a mid-tower (I could be mistaken in doing so, but that's why I'm posting here).
I've been tinkering with this a few days now, and this is what I've been able to come up with. Prices have been taken off of Newegg.com:
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard LINK
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX LINK
Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PVT36G1600ELK LINK
XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card LINK
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive LINK
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support LINK
Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer LINK
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case LINK
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 LINK
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler LINK
This is not factoring any rebates, or additional deals on Newegg. So it may even run lower than that. Also i'm not entirely certain that the CPU cooler is entirely necessary, so that would drop the price further.
In any event, please let me know what you think. Your opinions are very much appreciated.