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

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 My current machine is a hand-me-down gaming machine that's probably 5-7 years out of date, easily, so this is going to be a signifiant upgrade.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
GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
"I've used these mobos at work, and they seem to be pretty solid. Lots of options and settings for future upgradability."
AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
"What's to be said? This thing is sick for the money!"
Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for   Core i3 i5 i7 and   CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3 i5 i7 and CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
"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?"
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card HD577AZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card HD577AZNFC
"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."
Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5" Hard Drive
Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5" Hard Drive
"This is a SATA III (6.0G/s) hard drive, to match the SATA III capabilities of the motherboard."
LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black)
LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black)
"Just a fairly random pick. No need to pay more than $20ish for this drive, imho."
Asus VH232H 23-Inch Full-HD LCD Monitor with Integrated Speakers
Asus VH232H 23-Inch Full-HD LCD Monitor with Integrated Speakers
"Upgraded the monitor from what I had before - this one has HDMI =)"
Verbatim Wireless Slim Keyboard and Mouse, Black 96983
Verbatim Wireless Slim Keyboard and Mouse, Black 96983
"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..."
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
"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?"
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Sleeved Cables, Matte Finish
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Sleeved Cables, Matte Finish
"Lifetime warranty from a quality PSU manufacturer."