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August 23, 2013 7:17:06 AM

Thermaltake NiC F4 CPU Cooler 49
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2 Motherboard 109
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 75
Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 2GB GC 145
AMD FX 4130 4-Core Black Edition Processor 115
Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 49
CoolerMaster K380 Case with Window 59
August 23, 2013 7:28:48 AM

If you want to go AMD, I'd get a FX-6300. The FX-x1xx CPUs are Bulldozer chips, and are not worth buying. The FX-x3xx CPUs are the Piledriver models; that's what you want.
If you can buy from Newegg, this $89 Asus 970 board has a combo deal with the FX-6300 right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Unless you'll be playing at 720p, you may find the GTX650 a little weaker than you were expecting. It is roughly equivalent to a HD7750. For 1080p, I'd recommend the GTX650Ti (preferably Boost Edition).
You can probably save some money on the CPU cooler as well. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia, which is superior to the more commonly mentioned Hyper212 EVO:
http://www.techreaction.net/2011/07/07/review-xigmatek-...
http://www.techreaction.net/2011/11/27/review-cooler-ma...

Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but if you factor in the price, the Gaia wins hands down.
All of this will run on a quality 450W PSU. Look for a model from XFX, or perhaps a Rosewill Capstone.
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August 23, 2013 7:45:20 AM

You have budgeted $115 for the cpu and $145 fo rthe graphics card.
The graphics card is all important in a balanced gaming pc.
My rule of thumb is to budget twice as much for the graphics card as the cpu.
In this case, budget $78 for the cpu and $156 for the graphics card.
I think you might do better with a GTX650ti boost like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a Athlon X4-750K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The motherboard seems a bit expensive to me.
You might do better with a B75 based motherboard @$55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a $120 intel i3-2100 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Most games do not use more than 2 cores.
Here is a report on <$200 gaming cpu's http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you live near a microcenter, you can buy an even stronger i3-3240 for $109:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/414454/Core_i3_3240_...
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August 23, 2013 8:30:09 AM

An i3+GTX650Ti Boost would be a competent little machine.
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