I'm looking to start building my first custom gaming computer. I understand most of the basics, how-to, etc. However, I'm not entirely sure on what the exact parts that would best be suited for my wants/needs. Right now I'm looking at a max budget of $500-$600 including Os (win7). The lower the cash the better, without sacrificing too much performance of course. I want to be able to upgrade as the funds become available as well. I want to be able to play games like Minecraft with no problems, as well as some higher end games like Skyrim or Battlefield. I understand that ultra settings on a budget system isn't always possible, but I'd like to at least hit mid to moderate settings. I'd like to stick to AMD due to budget as well as experience, but I'm willing to use Intel if its within budget to performance ratio. SSD is coming in the future so I need room/support for that. I want to stick to an ATX case and Motherboard if at all possible. I've put together a PCpartPicker list and some info that I'll post below, but feel free to suggest changes as nothing is set in stone yet. I'm especially not sure of the graphics card and the processor as they seem "crappy" for some reason. The more detailed information you give the better, as I'm new to all this. Thank you if you took time to read this and Thank you in advance for your help.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: 500-600 Before Rebates; After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,internet, possible streaming gameplay video, photoshop. (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes (doesn't have to be in parts list)
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, others are fine if they have good deals
Location: Scottsboro, Alabama, USA
Parts Preferences: AMD. Intel is ok if within budget
Overclocking: Maybe in future
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future
Your Monitor Resolution: Want to get 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'd like a case with a window and at least 3 internal 3.5 bays.
I don't mind switching to a GTX650 ti boost. To be frankly honest and show my noobish side, I'm lost when it comes to graphics cards and what they can do. I chose that card because I knew it was last gen ( i think) and thought it would do what I want. I'm open to any suggestions I get! Also, I've read a lot of comments saying that the stock cooler with this cpu isn't good enough. Is this true and if so what should I look for in an aftermarket cooler?
Get a aftermarket cooler for overclock this (very overclockable) cpu. But you dont need to do that right now. You could upgrade later. That motherboard should reach a modest overclock though. A Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 for $115 would do a better oc.
I noticed you listed a micro atx board. is really the only drawbacks the fact that it doesnt support sli or crossfire, no usb 3.0 support, and SATA 3.0 instead of 6? Is that really a big deal? I know speed wise it could be but how much?