This is what is in my shopping cart right now...but I am open to better ideas as I am really not qualified to pick parts for a system. It has been years since I put together a computer so I need lots of help!
I think I want to go with a mother board with built in graphics to start and add a graphics card later if I really need it. I have not fired up my old first person shooters in years! I was also thinking of maybe a mother board without graphics and a cheap $50 graphics card. I also want a good brand of mother board with good ratings on NewEgg. HDMI would be nice to have on the motherboard or the graphics card....for watching movies.
The AMD 445 Rana seems to be a good start for a processor. The Spinpoint F3 1tb looks like a great deal right now on NewEgg.
I do want a larger monitor, the just under 24 inch seems to be the sweet spot for a monitor. I have a 19 right now and want to go larger to watch movies. OK...I am a sucker for a flashy case with lights! The Rosewell Destroyer looks nice and has lots of fans, it would be nice to have a side window, but I would rather have the lights with fans on the front or top of the case.
Here is what is in my shopping cart right now at NewEgg:
sub total 748.92
coupon - 10.00
The only items I would really like to keep are the Rosewell DESTROYER case, the Samsung hard drive and probably the AMD 445 Rana. The rest is just my best guess. Anything that I am forgetting to order? Do I need any other items like cables???
The ASUS board you've picked out will work very well; I have the M4A785-M (a variant of yours) that works really well with the integrated HD4200 chip. I got my board as a combo with a Phenom II X3 which is a step up from the Athlon II X3 series.