old pc crapped out, so decided to buy some parts and use some old stuff. first time building my own, not sure where to go or what to upgrade first from this point. any advice appreciated.
What you have is fairly well balanced. i3/H77/7850 should all play nice together.
I think for an upgrade path I would go:
Then I would either add an ssd or upgrade video:
Hope this helps and good luck!
you can get a better hard drive for the price and the ram also.
everything else is cool for the price
hard drive and ram are left overs, as is dvd burner and OS.
most of the prices on here are a little off too, ended up getting the cpu fan for 2.49 after all my rebates.
I would invest in some cableties to help airflow. Where to go next depends on what you plan to use it for. For gaming a nice aircooler and the gen 3 i5 would be a nice start.for any use, an SSD boot drive, samsung and intel are generally in favour right now, would allow you some added performance.
I would have gone with a piledriver quadcore over the i3, unless that was one fo the parts that you reused.
only if buyer will overclock it.
Not really, the 4300 or 4350 now, beats the i3 in gaming.
Definitely not true. Here the i3-3240 beats the fx-4300 in every game:
Another one where i3 beats out fx-4300.
fx-4300 is designed for overclocking.
FX-4300 vs i3-3220 (the i3 OP is using): http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/700?vs=677
that link doesn't compare the CPUs in games.
The 4300 is a better CPU for gaming than a phenom ii. The 7850 would work just fine with a piledriver.