First build, $1000 budget, casual gaming and home office

I've had my laptop for about six years now, and it's high time I upgraded. I want a desktop that can handle casual gaming (mostly emulators) and general home office-type things.

Approximate Purchase Date: within a few months

Budget Range: ~$1000 total (including OS, monitor, peripherals, etc.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: casual gaming, home office

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, I have to start completely from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, will be getting windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for parts: newegg/amazon

Parts Preferences: Western Digital for hard drive, no preference for anything else

Overclocking: Maybe

I've never done anything like building a computer before, so any recommendations I can get will be much appreciated! I feel like I'm forgetting to mention something important, so let me know if I need to give more information about anything.
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    Okay, for casual gaming you wont be needing a high end GPU, however, if you prefer a big monitor screen youll probably wanto to play your games on full screen, so I recommend a med-end GPU. I'll make a list of what you should buy to get a good rig without breaking the budget!

    I recommend this case because it has good air ventilation, is good looking and its not expansive.
    This i5 processor is more than enough for you to get maximum performance in whatever games your are going to play and whatever task your need to get done!
    Cheap, good. Thats pretty much it.
    Great brand, great capacity!

    This is one the one I use, and its very good!






    total: $1069
  2. Here you go, NCIX is pretty reputable as an online electronic retailer.
    Tell me what you think.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($162.34 @ Amazon)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($156.80 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Microsoft 2LF-00001 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($24.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $965.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 19:34 EDT-0400)
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