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700-850$ Gaming PC Build

I am wanting to build my first PC. I have a decent dell desktop now, but want a gaming PC.
Intel or AMD: I would like to know the pros and cons to each, but personally have no preference.
Approximate purchase date: Around Christmas, but could buy parts sooner if on sale.
System Usage: Moderate gaming, heavy web browsing, YouTube.
Parts Preference: reliable name brands.
SLI or Crossfire: not sure what it is so no??
Monitor: Yes, needed.
CPU: Over at least 3.2GHz(what I have now)
Preferred pars website: Willing to do a lot of digging to find best deal.
OS: Yes, I like windows 7 but heard windows 8 is faster on SSD.
Would like an HDD and SSD.
Overclocking: No
I want to be able to play Arma 2 and 3. I don't now, but would like to be able to put many games like COD and Farcry on PC. Something that will last a good few years.
I've been going off of this article so far:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/09/16/build-a-powerful-battlefield-4-gaming-pc-for-less-than-750-ssd-and-windows-8-included/
I know it will be a budget build, but I want to get the absolute most for my money.
I would like to keep it 750-850, but would go to 900 or 950 to get everything included(keyboard and mouse etc.) This is probably a tall order but any help would be appreciated. Its my first time building and im a bit overwhelmed at all the choices! Ill be glad to give any additional info if I left any out.
Thanks.
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  1. Take this as a suggestion, the only thing I didn't fit was the SSD as it's more of a luxury than a necessity...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $850.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 22:54 EST-0500)

    Things you could consider if you want to spend a little more:

    - Upgrade the processor to the FX-8320, as the extra two cores could matter for certain applications.
    - An aftermarket CPU cooler. You say you don't want to overclock so the stock cooler will suffice, but it's always better to have your processor running at lower temps.
  2. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.97 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: HP LV2311 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1039.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:02 EST-0500)

    ^ Bet you could get this for $900 on Black Friday.
  3. This is a no-oc build:


    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20wuZ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20wuZ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20wuZ/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.97 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($13.89 @ B&H)
    Total: $949.27
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:19 EST-0500)
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