CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz
Mobo: Asus P8H61 Pro
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti OC'ed @ 950Mhz
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4Gb 1333Mhz
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500Gb
OD: Sony 24x DVD Writer
CPU Fan: Zalman CNPS7500 CU LED (came with case)
PSU: Antec HCG 620W
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
I was killed due to LAG on my laptop. The game was barely playable @ 1024 x 768 everything low, and if you set it to lower resolution, you can barely see the buttons! Put that together with bad latency and you die constantly in BG's, Arena or Raiding.
Now I can enjoy 60FPS constantly @ 1080p, everything ultra, with only latency being a little on the slow side. I'm so happy! Now I must choose. Mic for Mumble or footspa?
I'm actually stuck. A stand alone USB mic costs R285 = $36. I have good headphones at home. Is it better to buy a cheap headset with mic costing R60 = $7.5, or get a new headset with mic for R350 = $43.75, or buy the cheap headset with mic and 4Gb 1333Mhz RAM as I only have one 4Gb stick at the moment?
I'm just saying, I've helped several people this week with budget builds in about the same price range, and they just don't understand that an i5 + 6770 is going to suck compared to an i3 + 560Ti/6950
+1 - I generally wouldn't recommend an i5 to anyone who's not looking to buy at minimum a 6950/GTX 560Ti. Maybe 6870 at a stretch but as you say, the performance from an i3 with a graphics card a few tiers higher, is going to provide much better performance in games as they stand currently.
I regret pumping so much into my i5-2500k, -v PRO mobo and GTX 560Ti, especially since I don't even find myself gaming on it any more. A nice i3 build like the OP posted would have saved my wallet a little and been more than substantial
I'm running an i3 2120 while my i7 2600K is getting RMA'd, and there is almost no difference in most games.
Now obviously if a virus scan kicked in while I was playing a large map in Civ V, I would take a big performance hit. But, it's a good budget choice. I rate it a bit closer to a Phenom II x4 than most will, and am likely to recommend either one depending on my mood and various minor considerations.