System Usage from Most to Least Important: (htpc, gaming, photoshop, video editing)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: None
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any in UK, ebuyer/scan/ccl/misco/novatech etc etc
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Glasgow, Scotland UK
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe in future
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)
Additional Comments: (for now will mostly be running xmbc for HTPC use so will utilize the HD4000, looking to add GPU before end of the year for med-high gaming and HD video encoding)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: made the mistake of selling old gaming rig and moving to Laptop. That was a good few years ago. Now that the laptop has seen better days its time for something new.
With your current build, an i3-2120 would probably be the best for budget; but since you'll be upgrading to mid-high end gaming later this year, the i5 should be a good investment for futureproofing.
Also, get this motherboard instead: ASRock Z77 Extreme3
thought I could utilize the i3 3225's HD4000 for the time being. Having serious consideration changing to this build below (i prob don't need to overclock so changed to the H77). Could use the saving to do a few repairs on the laptop too. (need new battery,casing and keyboard)
So would this perform ok with games for now. I will drop a GPU in later ?