My Highly-Upgradable Midrange Gaming box (for under $1000)

A Listmania! list by Joshua
The list author says: "This is a planned build - still in progress. I'm looking to have it completed and actualized around tax time 2011. My current machine is a hand-me-down gaming machine that's probably 5-7 years out of date, easily, so this is going to be a signifiant upgrade.

Grand total at the time of making this list was $980.44"
GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
1.  GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard by Gigabyte
The list author says:
  "I've used these mobos at work, and they seem to be pretty solid. Lots of options and settings for future upgradability."
Used & New from: $299.00
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
2.  AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ by AMD
The list author says:
  "What's to be said? This thing is sick for the money!"
Used & New from: $60.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)

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Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for   Core i3 i5 i7 and   CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
3.  Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3 i5 i7 and CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 by Corsair
The list author says:
  "I went with one stick of 4gb here because the motherboard is capable of a max of 16gb in 4 slots - don't wanna buy 2gb sticks and have to swap them out for 4gb sticks later, yanno?"
$34.99   Used & New from: $22.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)

XFX Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card HD577AZNFC
4.  XFX Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card HD577AZNFC by XFX
The list author says:
  "This was a compromise between price and quality. There is also the option of purchasing a second one of these later, and CrossFiring them - which I intend to do."
$269.00   Used & New from: $99.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5" Hard Drive
5.  Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5" Hard Drive by Western Digital
The list author says:
  "This is a SATA III (6.0G/s) hard drive, to match the SATA III capabilities of the motherboard."
$85.99   Used & New from: $44.76
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,596 customer reviews)

LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black)
6.  LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black) by LG
The list author says:
  "Just a fairly random pick. No need to pay more than $20ish for this drive, imho."
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Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) by Asus

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Asus VH232H 23-Inch Full-HD LCD Monitor with Integrated Speakers
7.  Asus VH232H 23-Inch Full-HD LCD Monitor with Integrated Speakers by Asus
The list author says:
  "Upgraded the monitor from what I had before - this one has HDMI =)"
Used & New from: $120.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Verbatim Wireless Slim Keyboard and Mouse, Black 96983
8.  Verbatim Wireless Slim Keyboard and Mouse, Black 96983 by Verbatim
The list author says:
  "Not for everyone, but this is my personal pick. I don't need the mouse, I already have a gaming mouse, hence the lack of one on this list. This is not the exact keyboard I want - I want the "piano black" version of this. Amazon doesn't carry it, apparently..."
$40.77   Used & New from: $36.66
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
9.  Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case by Antec
The list author says:
  "This case is just pretty, what more to say? Okay, how about two front 120mm intake fans, 1 rear 120mm outflow, and that monster 200mm top fan for more outflow?"
$84.99   Used & New from: $65.87
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Sleeved Cables, Matte Finish
10.  Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Sleeved Cables, Matte Finish by Ultra
The list author says:
  "Lifetime warranty from a quality PSU manufacturer."
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Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M by Corsair

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