Hi, I'm planning on building my first computer since I took a class in high school a decade ago and at the same time switching back to Windows from Macs since it looks like the OS has improved quite a bit over the Win98 machine I used off and on until 2007. I'm planning on ordering the parts about mid December.
The purpose of this machine will be mainly for media encoding, media playback, and internet browsing. I've gone with the Phenom II X6 for quicker encoding and to be something that will last awhile so I can stick it in a AM3+ board to spread out the upgrade costs. I've got a big hard drive so I'll have space for a bunch of stuff I've got on an Apple Time Capsule, a second one for backup and an SSD for booting.
Thank you for the advice! I've got a second parts list I've been working on right here. It's a bit more pricey, but I went with a studier case, another mobo and changed a few other parts around. Does this look okay to everyone?