I've already done some research and have my parts picked out, but I decided to ask for help just to make sure I'm not screwing myself over. This is my first build, so I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to this sort of thing.
Approximate Purchase Date: In 1-2 weeks, ideally.
Budget Range: 600-700$ after shipping. I need to buy an OS, so I have included that in the cost.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: video games, image editing, video editing, internet, movies/music
Are you buying a monitor: I don't WANT to. I have this old monitor. Would I be able to use this? I don't think it's THAT outdated, but you never know.
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC Part Picker, Newegg
Location: Philadelphia PA
Parts Preferences: The ones that work.
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: The one I have is 1680x1050.
Additional Comments:These are the parts I've picked out so far. I'll post the main parts here for convenience's sake.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
PSU: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply
My main concerns now are as to whether or not these parts are compatible with each other, whether or not I need to buy an additional cooling unit, and how much bang for my buck I'm getting. If I can save money by buying a similar part that is either slightly worse/slightly better than what I have selected, it would be appreciated. I don't play very 'heavy' games, I mostly play WoW, emulate consoles (although not very well, lol), and play other weaboo games. I don't need to play Skyrim and BF3 on ultra, so long as I can play most modern games on low-mid settings with decent FPS I will be happy.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop is an old crappy McWeaksauce.