SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO gaming, video/photo manipulation and uploading, web surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Intel and ATI (not sure why though). I was inspired by the recent article on Tom's about how a i3-530 was enough to keep an 5850 busy. This could really help with heat in my mATX case and provide more OC oppurtunity.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The quieter the better
LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX $99.88
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 $119.99
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B $29.99
MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX $119.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $109.99
ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB $319.99
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V $79.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $84.99
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe $31.99
For "overall capability" as well as "platform longevity" (not to mention cost), I prefer the Phenom-II Black Quads on a (hex-ready) 890GX chipset (with future ports).
... But most 790 chipsets (just previous and nearly identical) can be up-flashed for hex-core support, as well ... so the AMD route gives you a VERY broad field of mobos (cost/size/features) to select from.
Zactly ... no long renders and, any good gaming rig will do ya fine, for the media stuff ... no worries, at all, there ... just focus on the gaming build and the video will flow quite sweetly from "that".