The main priority for this build is Gaming. It should be optimized for gaming. My budget includes everything but the OS, I'll be getting that on student discount. I've done a lot of research, but I'm not sure how the desktop's budget should be balanced with the peripherals. I'm pretty sure intel is still dominate in this price range.
I'm open to overclocking, but I'm nervous about it because of the risk involved. I've never done a build and have no overclocking experience.
As a recap:
Gaming is foremost
950 dollar budget
Need Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse
Don't need OS
Not completely opposed to overclocking but nervous about it
The closest Microcenter to me is ~3 hours away. However, I may be able to ask my sister and in-law who live close to there. It may be still worth the drive, that's like 50 dollars off.
just remember to add state tax and gas to the price of the cpu. i bought my 3770k for $250 online and it ended up being cheaper then getting it at micro center after tax and gas. $229.99 + 14.37 + gas.