$500 gaming rig build

Hello Everyone,

I'm trying to build a gaming rig for no more than $500 (just the computer - does not include monitor, OS, mouse, keyboard, etc.)

I've picked the CPU and GPU and would like some advice on the additional items (case, RAM, power supply, etc.)

CPU:
i5 3450 - $180
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70543&vpn=BX80637I53450&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1306

GPU:
Radeon 7850 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Any advice/thoughts would be great guys. I really like the graphics card and would like to stick with it. However, perhaps it might help my budget if i moved down to an i3? Thanks for your time and help!!
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  1. There's an article on exactly this ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THIS SITE:
    - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,review-32578.html
  2. Well we need to try and see if you can get away with an i5 and a HD 7850 in a 500$ build. Because these already cost 360 bucks and there is only 140 bucks left for all other stuff. It seems unlikely but let's see

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Silverstone 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified SFX12V Power Supply ($53.97 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $568.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 10:24 EST-0500)

    Discard optical drive if no need
  3. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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