Finally decided that a full tower was no longer an option due to issues with portability. I mainly use this for school work and gaming. Luckily the GTX 770 SC 2gb was able to fit in the case, had issues with wires hitting the fans at first, but it was all sorted out eventually.
Switching from the AMD FX8350 8 core 4.0GHz to the Intel 4770k is a major improvement. The boot time was significantly improved and applications open/close/run a lot smoother.
The total price was no where near what parts list shows. On a side note, the windows experience score is 7.8, the processor and ssd got a 7.8, RAM and GPU got a 7.9.