I'm prebuilding my own gaming PC on a website, so far i'm going for
Intel Core i5 3570 Gen3 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Performance Air Cooler
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Motherboard
8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Dual Channel
Single AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB
1TB Hard drive
I've decided to go with an i5, because after researching people have said i7 3770 will not contribute any better performance towards gaming, and that hyperthreading doesn't help.
8GB RAM, because after reading around i will not be playing dual monitors, or playing multiple games at once / high end video editing rendering (Might go into that field)
And i have chosen the 7870, again after reading it's not worth for me to pay an extra $100 for 2-7 FPS, and that's only in certain games like BF3 and portal 2, i would get a 7950, but it's not available in the current build.
Please tell me what you think, and let me know how well it'll perform on new titled games such as BF3, MW3, GW2 and so on. If you think that going i7 Hyper threading, or up to a 660 Ti, 16 GB RAM please let me know.
if the only thing people can nitpick about is $30 for the evo, then you are fine.
Even if not needed for cooling, it will be quieter than stock so it's not wasted money-especially since it's fan will always be running near lowest idle speed.
ssd is only thing i'd add as mentioned . then for your HDD, why not get 2TB for just the small amount more.