Building 2 intel budget gaming systems $500-700each maximum

Approximate Purchase Date: end of August

Budget Range: since i am building 2 computers 500-700 max for each. Although I would prefer to keep it in the 500-600 dollar price range for each if possible. That's not including the monitor price.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rig A (my computer) will be used for gaming, for school reports/online research, voice chat and webcam for online classes later on down the line. Rig B will be used for gaming, listening to music, surfing the net.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes for Rig A. Rig B has a monitor already its an Acer AL2016WBBD 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 5ms, 800:1, WSXGA+ 1680x1050, DVI.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** N/A I am getting everything from scratch the only things I am using from the 1 of the old computers is the keyboard mouse and monitor. I still need those items for my second computer

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: New York, NY

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU for both builds while still trying to keep the costs down and having future upgradability if possible

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Rig B already has a monitor with 1680x1050. I would also like to get a 1680 x 1050 resolution monitor for Rig A

Additional Comments: Rig A will be used for playing mmorpgs like WOW, EQ, EQ next, FF14 ARR, Guild Wars 2, Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, various free to play mmo's, the Sims Medieval, and browser based computer games. I would love to be able to play the mmo's on medium settings. I don't need to play them on high.
Also I would be using it for school to do reports/research for my college classes. About 2 years from now I will also have to take online courses that require voice chat using a headset with mic and a webcam. I'm not sure if that affects my build in anyway though.

the other computer Rig B would also be used for playing the same types of games on medium settings, along with listening to music from a hard drive we have, and surfing the internet.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I built my first computer in 2008. it died in about 2012 and we have been sharing a computer, which is even older than mine. I want to build us both two new computers to replace our older ones while still trying to keep costs down and having future upgradability for when I have more money to spend. I really need to get these by the end of August
Rig A especially because I need it for school.

Ok so this is what I have come up with so far. I stuck with the 3 retailers I mentioned above cause I am familiar with them, their quality and the shipping. I figured I could get buy with using the same build for both computers because they are going to be used for mostly the same things. I am really behind in the computer technology, and I am not sure if everything is compatible and good for my needs. I am also really trying to keep within the lower end of my budget $500-600 each range if possible because I am building two rigs. If that is not possible I'm open to spending as much as $700 each. I hope not to have to go that high though. I hope I can get some help from everyone. thank you in advance. :-)

Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
Not sure if the processor will be strong enough to meet my needs I am hoping it will though

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
I had gigabyte previously so I picked another gigabyte board. Not sure if this mobo is too much for what I intend to use the computers for.
Or if there is a better mobo for what I need at this price or lower.

Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Not sure if the voltage on this ram is compatible with my build. For future reference how do I tell?

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Is this a good drive for what I need? I figured there would be enough space to install the mmo's we play and the rpm was good enough.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card
Is there anything less expensive I can get that will allow me to play my games on medium settings?

COOLER MASTER HAF series RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I wasnt very sure about what case I should get. But I heard that cooler master was a good brand and this is one of the cheaper ones I found.
Would this be good for my system?

Cooler Master i600 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
I figured 600W would be enough for my case. Not sure if this is a reliable brand or if there is something cheaper to suit my needs.

LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Rosewill RK-101 Wired Standard Keyboard

Rosewill RM-P2U 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 800 dpi Mouse

Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound

Acer V226WLbd 60Hz 22.0" Monitor

So basically that is what I have come up with. I'm not sure if everything is compatible and it is wayyyy over my budget. Is there any where I can cut down or cut back to help get the costs down and still have something that fits my needs? Thanks so much for the help I really appreciate it
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    I would do AMD 6300's with that kind of lower budget and get a 6core 3.5ghz CPU instead. Same price as the intel.
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