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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!

    CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    I recommend this case because it has good air ventilation, is good looking and its not expansive.
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    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234
    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!
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    DVD/BR BURNER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136268
    Cheap, good. Thats pretty much it.
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    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W017R1670
    Great brand, great capacity!
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    MONITOR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009437
    FULL HD... MAGICAL!

    RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
    This is one the one I use, and its very good!

    KEYBOARD+MOUSE:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126188

    PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    MOBO:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    VGA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127780

    OS:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    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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