I'm pretty certain about everything except the motherboard and the ram. I'm wondering if it's worth it to upgrade to the h77 and to 8gb of ram. If I were to change these parts, it would exceed my budget, something I'm willing to do if it's really worth it...If there's something else that I could optimize please let me know
Since $$ is tight, if you could eek up any more $$ better performance would be to move a rung or two higher than that HD 7770 else with a non K chip, a more current chipset and more RAM isn't gonna net u better gaming performance
if you have a local micro center they do have better prices on cpu and combo mb deals..look at there online flyer.
What do you mean microcenter? I too am making a gaming rig (first one) and I would definitely shop locally if it will save me money. I'm also paranoid about things getting damaged while shipping.
And seanvs, I wouldn't go too much less on the case. That rosewill Challenger is already a budget case and if you go too much less, you'll end up sacrificing your airflow and cooling abilities. Also, that's about the cheapest one on newegg right now (it has good reviews, whatever neweggs reviews mean to you).
As for mobos, for $50 more, all you are going to be paying for is another PCIe slot. If you think you are going to need another in the future, spend your extra money on the mobo, otherwise spend it on upgrading that GPU.