Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: At the latest December
Budget Range: $400-$600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and movies
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Need everything ))) Links below--
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any site really. I do have a microcenter in my city
Location: Houston, TX
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I'd prefer Intel products
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet still looking at monitors
Additional Comments: Want to play 'big' game titles such as call of duty, Diablo 3, skyrim etc etc on medium-high settings
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I only have a laptop and I'd really like to be able to play more PC games.
I've looked at some random parts, but I would like advice on how to get around the same performance for less. I'd also like to know if I even picked parts that will work together lol. I'm way behind on current stuff. If this is a pretty good build for my price range just let me know so.
Nothing hugely WRONG. I don't know that case, toknow if it's any good. Trouble with white cases, is they look great when they're new, but... and that gets worse, if quality's not geat. Coolermaster Elite 430 is decent at that price range, but it's a question of what YOU like.
That graphics card is particularly feeble. You don't need a Z77 motherboard, with a locked chip. A H77 is just as good, but cheaper. Put the change towards better graphics card.
It LOOKS like that CPU is a retail version, with a cooler. Make sure it's not an OEM version, that doesn't have a cooler with it.
Ivy i3's are out. Whilst they're pretty good, I don't see a lot of advantage downgrading to i3, UNLESS that extra few $ enables you to get a much better graphics card, AND, you don't NEED i5 for other things.
Those games arent much demanding interms of CPUs. (Except SCII which might be your main problem going down to the i3) If you do get the i3 though, I suggest you immediately upgrade next year when the new Intel Haswell processors come out.
A 7870 will be your friend interms of graphics. If not, a 7850 will still do fine but a little less performance.