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My first Build, advice and/or criticism appreciated

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Hi, I recently decided to get a new computer because I will be starting University late next month and my current laptop nearly crashes everytime i turn it on . I just want it to work well and run everything i neet it to. So i will be using it for Uni work, casual gaming and i will be connecting my 360 through the monitor as well. I did some homework and reading etc and decided on this build, I asked a friend to have a look to as im not the most technically minded guy. He refered me to post on this forum. So here it is:

CPU:Intel Core i5 650
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
Ram:Kingston 2GB DDR3-1333MHZ (at least 2 stick of this, probably 3)
GPU: eVGA GF GTX460 1G DDR5 (SuperClocked, External Exhaust) Edition
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Tower Gaming Case
PSU: Antec ATX EarthWatts 650W
HDD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M
CD/dvd drive: LiteON IHAS324 SATA DVD-RW

I do not want you tell me if its going to work well or dominate the latest game on ultra settings I know you have probably seen this a hundred time before, but I would really appreciate it if anybody could tell me if it will all be compatible and work well together. If there is anything i am missing please let me know, or if there is anything better for what i need it to do please let me know.

cheers, goots
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Hey, here's my take. You have picked some good parts, but on others either you're overspending needlessly or there are better options, such as:
*processor: the i5 6xx series isn't great - it's only an i3 with two more virtual cores. If you need it to do heavy lifting you should pick a processor with 4 real cores like the i5 760 (shouldn't be much more expensive). For games and office/internet an i3 would be good, the 650 wouldn't bring anything more. Other options can be the AMD 6 core Phenom II (the 1055 x6) which can really do some heavy lifting while consuming a bit more, or the new Intel i5 2400 which has 4 real cores, but needs P67 motherboards that cost near well over 150$.
*motherboard: good option for the 650, 760 and i3s; the i5 2400 needs a P67 board; AMD's Phenom II has the advantage as within 100$ you can get boards with 6 SATA3 ports, USB 3.0 and usually 2xPCIe slots (disadvantage AMD boards - no SLI)
*RAM: buy them in pair of 2, having 3 will brake dual-channel operation
*PSU: an Earthwatts 380/400W would be better. This rig would consume some 80W at idle, less than 20% of 650W - all PSUs below 20% rated power have extremely bad efficiency and heat up, are noisy and consume too much. Besides, you don't wanna over-provision on the PSU, next years' components will consume less anyway.

...the rest is great
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 940 @3.3GHz 1.25V Gigabyte 790X-DS4 XFX 5850 8GB OCZ DDR2-800 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force 3 TRUE Win 7 Pro x64 ACER 23" TN  
PowerCase
400W Silverstone Strider Antec P182 
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Phenom II 940 @3.3GHz 1.25V Gigabyte 790X-DS4 XFX 5850 8GB OCZ DDR2-800 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force 3 TRUE Win 7 Pro x64 ACER 23" TN  
PowerCase
400W Silverstone Strider Antec P182 
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Thankyou very much
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