Approximate Purchase Date: immediately
Budget Range: $800(ish)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: workhorse, entry-level gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I would like to use an AMD CPU & Asus mobo with a 21" LCD and mid-tower Lian Li aluminum case
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future?)
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I do lots of graphics editing with large files, minor sound/video editing and multiple/simultaneous 1500+ page PDF file browsing. I'm also looking into getting into some entry-level single-monitor gaming, though probably not too hard-core
I'm researching the pieces needed to assemble myself a new workhorse to replace my 5-year-old build. I've spent a great deal of time researching and reading here, and believe I've assembled a list of what I'll need to build something that will allow me to continue to upgrade as finances allow, but since I haven't been keeping up much on the latest technologies, so I'm hoping for some constructive advice.
I know you said you had a case but since it was 5 years ago, it might not be as good as newer models. The case in the combo is a recommended buy and has the psu mount on the bottom. I know you wanted AMD but Bulldozers are not going to be better than i5-2500k from the leaked benchmarks and the price.
With this, you get the best CPU and great components for a cheaper than usual price. About $60 in savings.