So, you've got $100+ to use on a video card, with any excess
to devote to case & PSU or motherboard.
[I know nothing about video cards or gaming, so I leave
that recommendation to someone knowledgeable.
Just read up to ensure that the card you choose
adequately supports the games you'll be playing.]
The key, IMHO, is balance.
And always read the product reviews, critically,
to avoid avoidable 'gotchas'.
If i take fadeawayyx's build, take out the OS and put in a i5 2400 instead of the i3 2100, will everything be compatible and will the PSU be able to still handle it? I assume so, I am just making sure.
Thanks expat for the build. It looks really good, except there is one thing that bothers me about both builds posted - I feel like even an i5 2400 will remain very fast well into the future, while the dual core will start showing its age a lot sooner. It looks like it is roughly a $55 difference - Is it worth spending a bit less on some other parts to get the quad core i5?
Should be, however I went for a H61 because it doesn't overclock (or not very well) - which fits in fine with the i3-2100 which can't oc anyway.
If you're going i5-k, pick a better mboard. If you're just going i5-2400 then sure stick with the h61.
I'd put the extra $100 into a better gpu since you won't be able to get z68+i5-2500k upgrade.