New build, but it's been so long I don't know where to start

Approximate Purchase Date: This month


Budget Range: Hopefully around 500$ - 600$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly just surfing the net and playing old games, want to at least have the option of playing new games like black ops and the new elder scrolls, but i am not concerned with getting high settings, i just want things to look nice and run smooth


Parts Not Required: budget covers case and everything inside


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is the only site i have used but i have heard good things about tiger direct as well


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I always used amd in the past to get the most for my budget, are they still the way to go if you don't have much to spend?


Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe


Monitor Resolution: not really sure i guess


Additional Comments: I guess I mostly just don't know where to start, I'm just looking for a rough idea of what I need. Can a quad core handle everything well enough? Is it worth it to get a small SSD for a boot drive and my most used programs like web browsers? How much of my budget should I spend on a video card, and if I only spend enough for a budget GPU will I be wasting my CPU because I can't run anything anyway?
I should also note that I want a full sized case and a full sized mb because my hands are big and clumsy.

Are barebones a good place to start for someone who's been away for a while?

I was looking at buying this barebones kit and adding a gpu but a friend suggested I post here first.
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.661562

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    CASE - NZXT Gamma
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    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
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