Looking to Build Low Budget Gaming PC ~$600-700 not including monitor and keyboard First Time

Hi, I have never had a gaming computer before and I am operating on a budget, so it would be nice to get some help as far as parts and labor goes. I have used a console for years, and have been dissatisfied with it's performance, as well as it's adaptability. I'm not sure how PC's can survive, but is it possible to use the same PC (editing parts and stuff as you go on) for years? Because that would be ideal for me and my budget

I am looking for a pretty good gaming computer, not the one that can run all the games on max, but one that can run them on pretty good to high graphics. Over time I may run into more money so I could upgrade the PC then but for now I am okay with okay graphics. I have no preference/knowledge about the AMD/Intel difference, so I am ambivalent about that, and I really have no knowledge of gaming computers in general. Help would be greatly appreciated!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Any time in the Next 3 months

Budget Range: $600-700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, word processing, rendering

Parts Not Required: I will buy a mouse, keyboard, monitor and OS, not sure if anybody has any reccomendations for that.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, to be honest though I really have no idea, never bought parts online before.

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: No Preference, because no idea what the differences are. Help!

Overclocking: No idea what the pros/cons of overclocking are

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what the pros/cons of each system are

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1200 or 1980X1080

Additional Comments: I am really not good at deciding/this computer stuff, so I will need a lot of help!
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $708.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-13 23:32 EDT-0400)

    Keyboard mouse and OS are personal preferences, just make sure the OS is 64 bit.

    For a monitor, an IPS monitor would be my recommendation.
  2. I was doing some research, do you think that it would be better to go for an i5-3570 processor? I am not against shelling out more money if it means better performance/longevity.
  3. At your price point I don't think that's really necessary. But if you do get an i5, make sure it's a Haswell CPU.
  4. To be honest, I wouldn't. Intel has inflated their prices so much. That should show you that it is better to get an AMD build, especially if you are on a budget.
  5. Question, what new games could that build play? Like BF4, AC4, etc.
  6. Pretty much any modern game. For a few demanding titles, AA may need to be turned off.
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