$500-600 Gaming PC

So I'm looking to build or buy a computer. From what I've gathered I'll probably get more bang for my buck if I build my own. I don't really know a whole lot about what I'm doing though. I'm looking to spend roughly around $600. I know I won't get anything outstanding for that price, which is fine, I just want something that can play games such as Skyrim and Guild Wars 2 fairly well. I'd appreciate some part and/or build suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: Between $500 and $600 before shipping, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly light gaming such as the games I mentioned earlier

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but monitor is not included in this budget (suggestions also welcome)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but also not included in this budget

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Texas

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure

Additional Comments: Will be playing games such as Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, etc.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.52 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $586.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. I was thinking of using it as an OS. I would recommend the microcenter cpus but you never know if the person will have one close enough for it to be worth the drive.
  3. I do have a microcenter about 35 miles away.. I'd be willing to make the drive if it meant saving a decent amount of money. Thanks for the responses guys. As I mentioned, I don't have any experience building computers, so do you think I should even attempt building it, or should I try to find someone else to help me out?
  4. You might need help configuring the bios if you're not familiar with it.
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