First of all hello to all of you. I've been following this forum for a while now, but wasn't that active ...
I currently have:
DualCore D925 3 GHz (6 years old)
2 GB DDRII
Sapphire HD3870 (that died on me -- the reason I'm buying a new PC )
Fortron HEXA500 PSU
I've been putting a new system for a few days now and this is what I'm probably going with:
MB: ASUS P8H77-M LE Intel H77 1155 or ASUS P8H77-M Intel H77 1155
CPU: INTEL Core i5-3550 3.30GHz
GPU: SAPPHIRE ATI HD7770 Vapor X 1GB DDR5 OC edition
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600, Hyper X (X2=8 GB)
STOR.: WD HDD 250 GB, WD2500AAKX, SATA2 7200 rpm or OCZ Agility3 60 GB (for system plus some other important apps) with my old 160 GB HDD for storage
PSU: HEXA500 from my old PC
Still undecided on the case but will go a budget one, because of, well -- the budget
The weak point of your build would be the 7770. I would try for a 7850 for high settings in modern games. Other than that, it looks good. You might want a new PSU just for reliability. stick with brands like Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
You could go for an fx 6300 and an AM3+ motherboard ans save enough money to swing a 7850. That will show a decent increase in gaming performance. Or if you want intel, you could get an i3 3220 and a 7850 and have better performance in games as well.
The Kingston Hyper-X RAM is unavailable atm at my local shop (where I intend to buy the PC) and they're not sure if it will become available at all.
A bit more expensive alternative would be GSkill Ripjaws DC kit (2x4 GB). I don't have any experience with GSkill. Are they good (reliable/fast)? The reviews are mostly good (few DoAs from newegg as far as I can tell are responsible for low ratings).
I have always had great experiences with G.Skill. I have had 3 sets in my PCs and I think 2 more sets in PC's I have built for friends/family. No issues. I have had good luck with oc'ing/tightening up the timings with them as well. I normally look for them first followed by Corsair and then Kingston. That individual model is verrrry popular ram. 5eggs out of 1,200+ purchases has to tell you something.
As far as the rest of your build, as the other have said, if you can squeak in a 7850 in your budget, it would definitely be worthwhile. Even if you had to drop your CPU down a few models to sneak it in there, you would come out a lot better overall, as far a gaming.
If not, its not a bad rig, you'll just have to sacrifice a little gaming eye candy if you game a higher resolutions.
For the case, I'm considering either TT V3 black or LC-Power PRO-923B - Red Captor. The LC-Power is out of stock at the moment and TT is available. TT V3 is known to have a few design flaws and is made out of plastic, while I've never heard of LC-Power, it's a German company and the case is made out of metal.
Do you think everything will fit inside both cases ?? Which one should I go with (the price is the same)? The only thing holding me back from taking TT right now are those design flaws and the fact its plastic, while LC is metal.