I haven't built a new computer in almost 7 years, and I don't play too many games (CS 1.6 and WoW). With the expansion coming out in December, i've been thinking about checking it out but refuse to play it on my aging AGP system.
While i'm not huge on other FPS', I really haven't had the system to even try them out on. Would love to if I had the computing power. I'm sick of ATI video cards, and not sure if they've improved but would much rather have an Intel-based processor and an Nvidia video card. If I can get a better system with an AMD processor, i'd be open to hearing about the options.
I've read that with the processor I chose below, I can seriously overclock it and still have a stable system. My question is, how decent would performance be in some demanding games such as CoD or Far Cry? Thanks in advance
I would say you're likely going to get better game performance from the i3, but only in the short term. You seem like you keep your hardware a while, so an AMD Athlon 2 X4 build+ a sata/USB3 mobo would probably make more sense.
You are limiting yourself by insisting on Intel in this budget range. You'll simply get better performance at the same price with AMD, and you'll get a longer lasting platform also. LGA 1156 will be replaced with a new platform in just a few months.
Move up 300 bucks and then an Intel build might make more sense, but not here.