Wow i was never expecting so many replies so fast. I would have to agree with everything that was posted here.
I will mostly be funding this computer myself from my on campus job. For thoose of you wondering about the whole parents/graduation thing, my parents are not buying me the prebuilt HP computer. They just gave me cash for part of the cost of the HP that I mentioned earlier. as my graduation gift. They gave me it with the specific intention of "spending it on an HP or Dell." They also gave me a 660Ti. IT MAKES NO SENSE.(and shows how little they know about building computers) I dont even know if that HP motherboard would even except a 660Ti.
Anyway what made me want to make this tread was that my main concern in making this computer was a good processor that was still affordable. and after i went to the really well made charts over at http://www.cpubenchmark.net/
i noticed that the i7 3770K was just 303.90 which threw off a bunch of red flags. (The HP cost would be $399 for the 3770, not even the 3770K) i knew that there had to be a way of making a computer that was the same much cheaper.
Anyway, I am pretty much set on getting the 3770K as of now, and i alredly have the 660Ti. I still have one more paycheck coming in so I might be able to kick the budget up a bit, but this advice is exactly what I thought would happen, thanks for the help
(Also poll wise i alredly knew what would be picked, i added that Dell option in just for the lolz, a poll is a good way to prove parents wrong I was going to use the money they gave me on a custom build regardless, i just wanted something to prove that I was right, and this thread did it. Thanks OVN)