Need advice for building first computer with AMD FX-8350 CPU

Hello, I am interested in building my first computer. I am considering upgrading from my computer from 2004 (P4 3Ghz) and want to build a powerful and quick computer in the $490-$600 range. Location is Midwest USA.

90% of the time I will be using it for Internet and other light uses, so I want the computer to be nearly silent, web pages should scroll well, files should load quickly off the HD, and windows should load quickly and be very responsive.

10% of the time it will be used for 3D computer games. I want it to be powerful enough to play most modern 3D games quickly and fluidly on the higher settings (current screen 1280x1024). I want the parts to be powerful enough to be able to "run" most games that will come out in 2-3 years, if possible for the price range. Not for "intense" all-day gaming, but good performance for weekends.

Also, I tend to hold onto my stuff for a while, so I would like to use parts that tend to be reliable and powerful enough to not become obsolete quickly.

I need help in picking out the parts, so that everything will be compatible, will fit in the case, will run quiet, to avoid wasting money on features I won't ever use, and that will fit the budget.

AMD FX-8350.........~$192 (I want to try to build around this CPU if possible)

CPU fan
I need a suggestion on this one. Should cool the computer well without having to rev up frequently (Coolermaster maybe??)

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard....~$100 (Need a MB that works well/quickly with this CPU and other parts, Optical audio out, PCIe, good expansion/upgrade capability, shouldn't get obsolete too quickly)

Crucial 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory....$9/ea (I don't know what to choose really, I want 3-4GB RAM total, should be cheap and work well)

Samsung 840 Series 120GB Solid State Disk....~$91 (I think I want to stay with a SSD since they are supposedly much faster)

Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB.....~$100 (I think this should play most 3D games at high settings, they appear to be good value, are the MSIs quiet?)

I'm thinking of these 3:

Power Supply
Need advice, should run quiet, be reliable, and not be too expensive. I may or may not want to use crossfire someday, it depends on future GPU prices.

Optical Drive
Just a standard cheap DVD writer like this:

I want the computer to be able to run Windows XP but also the newer versions of Windows if I ever need to.

Will be using existing monitor, keyboard, etc.

Hopefully this is enough info to get some help

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  1. $600 gaming PC build- source

    Intel Core i3-3220 Processor:

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 Graphics Card

    Asus P8-H77-I Motherboard

    8GB Samsung DDR3 1600MHz RAM

    500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive

    Bitfenix Prodigy Case

    430W Corsair CX430 Power Supply

    Molex Adapter (for second case fan)

    These parts make up the core $600 build however this is a custom computer so feel free to customize as much as you like! Here are some good options you might want to consider.

    Windows 7 Home Premium

    Windows 8 System Builder

    Sony DVD Drive

    Wi-Fi Adapter - AirLink 101 Wireless N USB Adapter

    CPU Upgrade - Intel Core i5-3470

    GPU Upgrade - MSI Radeon 7850 2GB

    HDD Upgrade - 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue

    SSD Upgrade - 120GB Samsung 840
  2. I would really want to have the AMD Fx-8350, along with the SSD and the radeon 7770 (or better GPU). Can someone help me out while retaining the 3 parts?

    Here is the parts sheet I am playing with:

    Please refer to parts comments on first post as well

  3. I updated my parts list to include some better RAM:
  4. Can someone suggest me a good but cheap CPU fan and a PSU?
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $586.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 10:38 EDT-0400)
  6. I think 2gb ram sticks are no longer cost effective. i suggest 2 x 4gb sticks. Also, install windows 7 at least.
  7. HSF Large - Noctua D14 (Clearance for RAM modules is 44mm)
    HSF Medium - Noctua U14s (Clearance for RAM modules is 41mm)
    PSU - Antec 650/750 Bronze/Silver
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