Help For New Gaming Build for 650 - 800 Dollars

Hey guys. So I'm new to Tom's Hardware and I'm looking to build a custom rig. I have just gotten tired of my crappy Xbox 360 so I needed to upgrade. If you have any builds that would suit my needs I would appreciate it. Preferably, I would like a quieter computer because the computer is in my room. I don't think I need an SSD but if their really important I'll consider it. I would like it to play a variety of games such as Total War: Shogun 2, Total War: Rome 2(not out yet), The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Bioshock 1/2/Infinite, Mass Effect 1/2/3, Battfield 3, etc.) So mainly RTS, RPG, FPS, and maybe MMOs like SWTOR. Thanks!

Budget Range: 650-800 (i dont know what the sweet spot is for price/performance)

System Usage: Gaming, movies (like netflix), and perhaps some basic applications like google chrome and word

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

I might overclock but I dont know how so im not sure

Monitor Resolution: Dell Ultrasharp 24 inches 1920x1080

I would also like a Blu Ray/DVD reader but if those are too expensive I'll pass on them.
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    My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $773.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you prefer nvidia cards :
  2. Sorry I never specified before but would be possible to get a full size ATX motherboard instead of a Micro ATX? Or would that be more expensive
  3. The h77m has everything, but if you want a standard atx mobo :
  4. Best answer selected by hobojohn512.
  5. Thank you! I might you your build.
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