Need feedback on First Custom Build!

Hey community! This is my first post here at the tomshardware's forum. I am not new to computers but I am looking to buy a total system upgrade. I, knowing that I am a noobie, am going to just go off the: My goal is to get a decent computer with room to upgrade in the future. Not looking to spend more then I have to but I wouldn't mind paying a extra if something is worth it.

Would like to play games (D3, Skyrim...) on a above average graphical settings. (Or higher!)
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Approximate Purchase Date: Before June 14th (my birthday present to myself!)

Budget Range: No less then 600 USD (but closer too) and not more then 1,000 USD.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Always Dual Screening) Games+Netflix/movies, Surfing the interwebs.

Parts Not Required:

1.) Wireless "SealShield S103W" keyboard
2.) "LG LG L226WT" - LCD - 22 inch - 1680 x 1050 - 16:10?
3.) "Dell se198wfpv" - LCD - 19 inch - 1440 x 900 - 16:10 - 300 cd/m²?
4.) DVD/whatnot drive (I have one or two in a box somewhere)
5.) 1x500gb 1x1tb Drives (I think the 500 is 7.5k rpm and the 1tb is 5k)

Optional Parts:

2.) Case, I Have a Dell inspiron 530 case.
3.) Mouse, I have cheap Optical USB mouse.

Part I picked out: (

2.) CPU: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz 95W Six-Core

3.) CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO 24.9 - 82.9 CFM 120mm

4.) GPU: Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

5.) RAM: 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Cas Latency:7

6.) PSU: CORSAIR GS700 700W

7.) Case fan: Scythe 133.60 CFM 120mm

Subtotal: 641.93 USD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (#1) , (#2) , (#3)

Country: I didn't understand this one... (I live in the United States of America) (I don't care where the parts ship from or are manufactured...)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No preference.
Overclocking: Definitely someday.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: ( 1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050 )
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Any tips, recommendations, or suggestions are all greatly appreciated!
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  1. FX CPU's aren't very well suited for games as they will only use the first 4 cores so the FX-6 will perform the same as an FX-4 and the FX-4100 performs similarly to the Pentium G620 in games. Your best bet at this budget would be an i5-3870K. As far as graphics goes, I'd try to fit the HD 7850 in there if possible. If you can't stretch the budget that far, the HD 6850 is OK. With either of those GPU's and an overclocked Ivy Bridge i5, 450W+ is fine for the PSU. I'd grab a 520W Seasonic if possible. The Corsair CX-500 500W is good too though.
  2. jmsellars1 said:
    Your best bet at this budget would be an i5-3870K. .

    I assume you mean i5 3570k?

    Anyway, I would go i5 3570k+GTX 670 (Around $630 combined from most sites). A good mobo is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4($110-135). The RAM is fine, so leave it in. Same goes for the Hyper EVO and the Fan. Change the PSU to the Seasonic, and you've got a build around $940. If you want to change the case, the Antec Illusion is $35 right now @ Newegg.
  3. Ahh yeah sorry I got it confused with the A8-3870K, yeah I meant the i5-3570K.
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