I've been out of the PC-building-loop for quite some years, so I created an account here so I could seek advice from the experts I'm from Norway, but I'll use newegg.com to present links to the products I'm considering. Too many great games the last couple of years + the upcoming Guild Wars 2
Approximate Purchase Date: Soon. Before Guild Wars 2
Budget Range: About 7000 NOK (Really doesn't transfer well to USD, so don't bother. Budget class)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, Total War), Workstation (AutoCAD and such)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
System looks good for a budget $1200 ish USD system. 2500k's are great for overclocking. If your not going to OC I'd go AMD 8 core, Cheaper in the overall and good performance.
I wouldn't go with AM3 this gen. There isn't a very bright upgrade path for AM3 honestly, stick with the 2500k it's a great gaming CPU, probably the best budget CPU there is (aside from the discontinued 1090t). That's a really good "budget" rig you have and it will run all the games you listed no problem. 8 cores is also useless for gaming, which is his primary goal, and AMD's 8 cores is more like 4 with hyperthreading honestly.
the i5-2400 would suit you just as well as the 2500k, since you're not planning on overclocking. Keep in mind that your graphics card is certainly the limiting factor in your build. If you got say an i3, and a new 7870, you'd be better off.
Thanks for the quick replies! On komplett.no where I plan to order my parts there's only a 5ish dollar difference between the 2500k and the 2400 due to a "permanent sale" on the 2500k. Lucky us Norwegians And it's nice to have the option of overclocking, even if I'm not planning on it.
I know my limiting factor is the graphics card. I was wondering about upgrading it, but that would easily make it really expensive. And I guess I can upgrade it later when prices drop, to balance cpu and gpu more. Or downgrade the cpu now. Hmmm... decisions!
Thanks for the input, it's good to know my build isn't all that bad
So, when I was browsing komplett.no they decided to launch a 1-day "Friday 13." sale, wich included my mobo and gpu! Traded the case for a on-sale Corsair Carbide 400R (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), got a sudden impulse to press "order", did it, and had a small nerdgasm. Fingers crossed this will make a nice rig! Thanks guys