Building first gaming computer ($600-800)

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully a week after Christmas or so if not, then sometime mid January or so.
Budget Range: 600-800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, GFX, Video Editing
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon
Location: Apple Valley, California, USA
Parts Preferences: No Preference
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No Preference
Your Monitor Resolution: Upgrading - I would like to get 1920 x 1080
Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My gaming laptop i had died on me and wont start back up.
Additional Comments:
I went to PCPartPicker to build my own PC. Its a little over my budget, so if anyone has any other suggestion for me to change that will give me better performance for less price or better performance for the same price, let me know.
This is what i came up with
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q2rj

CPU - AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler - Corsair CWCH50-1 Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard - Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage - Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card - MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
Case - Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply - SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
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  1. Anyone?
  2. OK so here are my general suggestions and changes below.
    - Your case is to expensive for the components you are putting in it. Put let money in a case and more into go fast parts. The one I chose is on sale and comes with a free DVD burner.
    - Upgrade the CPU from the 4300 to 6300 for only a few bucks.
    - Get a larger SSD, you will be glad you did. 60GB doesn't have much room after the OS
    - Get a less expensive HDD. IF you have a SSD for OS and Apps this drive doesn't have to be lightening fast. This drive is not that much slower than a WD Black drive
    - Memory is a bit faster and cheaper on sale
    - Drop the liquid cooler unless you are looking to OS. If you are get a good air cooler, it's cheaper with similar results.
    - With the savings get a much better GPU. A GTX660 is night and day compared to a 7770
    - keep motherboard, PSU, and OS.


    CPU - AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Six-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
    CPU Cooler - Use Stock cooler unless overclocking
    Motherboard - Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872
    Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455
    Storage - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Storage - Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121
    Video Card - EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130825
    Case - COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 W/ ASUS DVD burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112912&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112912-_-EMC-112912-Index-_-Cases-_-11119263-LM1A
    Power Supply - SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119
    Optical Drive - Combo with Case
    Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Subtotal: $949.91
    Shipping: FREE
    MIR -$ 45.00
    TOTAL: $904.91
  3. You're spending far, far too much on PSU, Case, CPU cooler, etc.

    For this budget I also recommend you get either a HDD or SSD at first. If you want, add the other later. Here's my suggestion:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($161.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.28 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $776.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 15:25 EST-0500)

    Miles ahead the original. 8-core CPU, HD7870.
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