Want to build new inexpensive gaming rig, already have some parts ($400, $500, $600 or so)

I know very little about building PCs any more, It's been more than 8 years since I built my last one and I've been practically completely out of the loop since then. I'm close to clueless needless to say.

My endgame here is to spend $500 or less and have a computer that can run any modern game (BF4, Crysis 3) with minimal to no issue. I don't know if it's possible, but I already have a few components that can knock some of the $ off the bottom line.

A list of things I already own:

Video Card - nVidia 1 GB GTX 550 Ti (I figure I'll have to replace this eventually, if not when I do the build.)
Power Supply - Raidmax RX-730SS (714w/16w are the numbers on it. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad power supply, but it sure looks nice I guess.)
Hard drive - I already have 2 hard drives, totaling ~1TB
Operating System - I have Windows 7 64 bit, but it's not legit. It likes to let me know every time I start. If there's room for it, I'll definitely take the legit version, but it's certainly not a priority.

Now all of this is coming from a machine I bought from a friend a while back. The GPU in it seems pretty good, but otherwise it's just not hitting the standards I'd prefer to hit. In fact, I don't even think I can play GTA 4 on it, let alone 5 when/if it finally hits shelves.

Other concerns about the build:
I already have 2 processors picked out, which I plucked from a nice little graphic I found on this site comparing CPU processing power for your dollar.
i5 3350p which is currently $180 -or-
i5 3570k which is $220
That decision will be made when I see what the final price will be for everything else.

One more issue I have with processors, I don't have any idea about cooling. Do the processors come with their own heat sink/cooler? Is it sufficient? Should I shell out for something better? Any input is greatly appreciated.
I would prefer USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 - I don't know if there are a lot on the market that DON'T have those though. I just figured I'd let you know before scrounging together a list of parts for the wrong mobo.

One last thing: A major concern of mine when picking the case - What's better? ATX or Mini ATX? I find that I'm opening my computer and tinkering a lot, so if someone suggests Mini please keep that in mind. I get crazy when there's not room to move around, and if Mini ATX isn't roomy enough, I'd absolutely prefer the bigger of the two, as long as it doesn't prove to be a setback of any sort.

Okay, now that all of that is covered, thank you for reading, and especially thank you for answering. I know some of the questions seem easy, and I know they can easily be Googled, but a lot of the stuff I've Googled doesn't seem to specify things quite as well as human communication.

I appreciate any help. Thanks again!
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  1. I forgot to mention, I also need a sound card capable of 5.1 surround sound. Thanks again.
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    It is our policy here not to support non-licensed OS's (just an FYI).
    On to your questions...
    Raidmax PSU's are nice looking but not nice to your components. Raidmax uses Andyson as their OEM for PSU's and Andyson does not have the best reputation for quality and design (they are not a PSU normally found in an enthusiast's build).
    You're looking to do an Ivy Bridge build, I'll suggest the 3570k which (with a Z77 motherboard) will allow for overclocking which can help in some games. If not looking to overclock, I might suggest looking to a Haswell build (latest and greatest)
    Unless you are an audiophile, the on-board sound of most motherboards is adequate for most uses.

    Hope it helps some
  3. If you don't mind me suggesting this, you may want to bump your processor to at LEAST an i5 of some sort. And I will suggest you not use a bootleg version of ANY Windows OS'. I had to rebuild a buddy of mine system from scratch because of this. Grrrrrrrrr!
  4. Funny you should say that. I bought Windows 8 and got the i5 3350. It works beautifully.
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