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Recommendations for my son's first build

My 12 year old son has been earning and saving money so that he can build his first computer. I am not a computer wizard. We have been configuring different systems on pcpartpicker.com. Our budget is $600. He realizes that he cannot buy a really hot system, but he thinks he would like to try his hand at overclocking in the future and he will likely add to the system as he earns more in the future. He like to play Skyrim, Civilization, Roblox, and Call of Duty. We only need a new tower because he can use his existing keyboard, OS, etc. We research items primarily on Newegg and we read many of the reviews on that site: Here is what we have come up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $574.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 21:46 EST-0500)

That leaves us approximately $25 dollars to improve the system. Would it be better to spend that money on upgrading the RAM to 8GB or upgrading the graphics card to an R9 270X?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Diamond Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $209.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 21:56 EST-0500)

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Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $62.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 22:00 EST-0500)

Opinions and recommendations are welcome.
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  1. According to this chart that is so wonderful it brings tears to my eyes, the 290x has no noticeable-by-humans difference in performance.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    However 8GB ram is pretty sweet :)
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $602.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 22:18 EST-0500)

    Changed the mobo to a cheaper but capable of overclocking too.
    Changed the psu to a solid one that will handle overclocking easily.
    Might as well toss in a cooler master hyper 212 evo if budget permits so your son will be able to overclock the cpu to 4.5ghz+ without breaking a sweat.
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