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Is this a good gaming build? ($650 budget)

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June 15, 2013 5:01:41 AM

This is my first build and I will be making it so I can play games such as Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, and Tomb Raider on at least Medium, I would prefer High. Oh, and I wanted it to be small and compact and not ugly looking (Neon Lights, Windows on the case, etc.) These are the components:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.98

Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard $98.95

G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $63.99

Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $94.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $199.99

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case $39.99

Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $47.99

Total $845

Are there any ways this could be improved, while lowering the price at the same time? I still need to add an operating system and monitor.

Thanks.


UPDATE: It turns out my budget has to be $650.... is this good?

CPU-AMD Phenom II X4 3.2 Ghz
RAM- G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB)
GPU- Saphire AMD Radeon HD 7950
Motherboard- ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+
HDD- Western Digital WD Blue 500 GB
Case- Rosewill Challenger
DVD Drive- Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
PSU- Corsair CX 500
June 15, 2013 5:10:03 AM

I also don't know if all these things will fit into my small case :p 
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June 15, 2013 5:24:59 AM

Also, I'd prefer to use the $80 Bit Fenix Prodigy, but that takes the price to $880...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 15, 2013 6:29:23 AM

Dont get a i5-3570k when you dont overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $758.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 09:36 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
June 15, 2013 6:37:55 AM

Can drop down to a 3470 or 3350p cpu to help get the case u want.

Regardless I'd get at least a 500w psu. Its good to leave 20% overhead- 380 really leaves u 300 so that's not good.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 15, 2013 6:55:31 AM

The Powersupply Wattage isn't as big of an issue as to what you have on the rail(s) for the Video Card. The GTX 660, I'm not sure of, but may require 1 6pin PCIe Connector and 1 8 pin PCIe connector.
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June 27, 2013 3:16:52 AM

cpu cooler wont fit in that case
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