|My total is $294. I added it to my other response.|
- The A68H chipset in the board you listed is entry level, the A88X is high performance.
- the 860k (3.7GHz w/4.0GHz turbo) is faster than the 845. Not only that, but it's a black edition which means it's easily overclockable because the multiplier is unlocked.
- The DDR3-1600 RAM you listed will work, but the memory controller in the CPU is designed to handle DDR3-2133. In other words, the slower RAM will be a bottleneck.
- You should almost NEVER buy a case/power supply combo unless you know what you're getting. The 500W PSU in that case is very likely to be a low end piece of crap. If it blows, it will likely burn out some other hardware along with it. If you know what to look for, you don't necessarily have to spend a lot of money. The Corsair 450W that I linked to is only $26 after rebate, but is has all the necessary ingredients - ATX12V / EPS12V, Modular, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, +12V@37.4A, Active PFC, etc.
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