Little @$$ gaming computer

I am trying to put together a “little @$$ gaming computer” for my son. “little” – because if his age and my budget :)
That’s gonna be his first gaming rig.

Approximate Purchase Date: this/next week, we will assemble it together in late August

Budget Range: $800 Before Rebates; no need for OS or LCD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming plus some movies/internet

Are you buying a monitor: No, gonna use existing 24” 1920x1080 LCD
Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ( or microcenter store; microcenter is better with 3.5% sales tax, newegg will charge all 7%)
Location: Northern New Jersey, USA (15 minutes away from microcenter store)

Overclocking: reasonable
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

I am having a dilemma, or even a tri-lemma here…
I have discussed this build with my friend, who has some experience in this.
We originally started with FX-4170 and HD 7770 combination.
Then, after reading tons of threads on this and other forums, I started to ask the question “why not an i5-2500K ?”
Then he came up with idea of HD 6870 instead of 7770 – it is a little bit more expensive, but 50% better
Then I saw microcenter’s August paper with all those CPU+mobo deals/discounts and came up with “why not i5-3570K, if they give 50$ of on a combo”

The only item which is out of question is a case – I gonna get either red or white/blue NZXT Phantom 410 for 90$ plus change.
Because of outstanding CPU-mobo-GPU questions I cannot decide what cooler and PSU I need…
HDD-wise it gonna be, most likely, some 1TB hard drive…
Memory – I think 8GB is good enough for now.

So… help me, please.
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  1. To get that case you'll have to go a little bit out of your budget. I'd suggest something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($258.15 @ Mwave)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $797.05
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 17:51 EDT-0400)
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