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Please Critique My Proposed Budget Gaming Build (Apx. $800)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27u14
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27u14/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27u14/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($183.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $804.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 02:36 EST-0500)

Approximate Purchase Date: either Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or late December

Budget Range: After shipping, around $850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Plan on gaming games such as the Total War series (whenever the problems with Rome TW 2 finally get fixed). I also planned on playing some FPS, such as Call of Duty titles, and also BF4, hopefully at ultra settings

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Wanted to reuse an Antec TP3-550 Truepower Trio 550w, although it is about six years old. However, it hasn't been used since that same amount of time. Do you think I can reuse this PSU? If I can, then you can ignore my proposed PSU listed above

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, preferably

Location: Los Angeles

Parts Preferences: AMD, but open to Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at this time. However, I would like to reserve the ability to upgrade to a more powerful card such as the R9-290x card later in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Questions:My proposed build is an AMD build. However, if I am going the AMD route, should I wait until Kaveri APUs come out in January? I hate to buy an FX series CPU and a AM3+ mobo, as I hear the FX series will not be upgraded by AMD

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been working out of a laptop for many years, would like the ability to upgrade components with ease. Plus, I would like to do some more heavier gaming. Thank you everyone.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.96 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $804.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 02:50 EST-0500)

    Better quality motherboard.
    Doubled your RAM.
    Cheaper gpu, same performance.
    Better quality case.
    Better quality psu, allows for future crossfire.
  2. Ditch the WD blue. Seagate spinpoint better thn blue.
    Look for an xfx 550 pro psu, this is better made and cheaper than the cx600 (Which I own;ok but xfx better)
    Buy windows 7 hp on ebay ($45), doesnt matter if o.e.m. code at that price.in 4 yrs W7 will be obsolete.
  3. I appreciate the feedback realchaos and chrisso, I will definitely make the suggested changes you made.

    However, I did ask this question: "My proposed build is an AMD build. However, if I am going the AMD route, should I wait until Kaveri APUs come out in January? I hate to buy an FX series CPU and a AM3+ mobo, as I hear the FX series will not be upgraded by AMD" Would like to know if any of you can answer this question?

    Thanks again.
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