Honestly, I just need some ideas on the best I can do. I have looked at I3 2120 & I5, plus AMD as well and am kind of lost as far as the best I can do. I was hoping you guys can give me some ideas. Thanks!
And that would be $230 total before tax, in store pickup only.
Then get yourself 8GB of RAM ($45)
And a 500GB HDD ($60)
This is what I would do if I lived near a MC. It might push you over your budget though so you could go with a cheaper GPU. I would definately go for the i5 and board for $230 though because people like me that live nowhere near a MC have to pay $230 for just the i5!!!
Total: $637.51 After MIR - $50 (Microcenter offers $50 off for buying i5 3570k with a z77 mobo in a combo deal.)
New total: $587.51
Notes: 450W will leave very little wiggle room for OCing. I'm pretty sure the Win 7 student deal is upgrade only. During installation it may say your key isn't valid for a fresh install. You may want to verify that.