I'm sure I can shave down the price some, I don't need many bells/whistles besides the RAID.
And here is the rest of the info:
Approximate Purchase Date: This week, ASAP
Budget Range: 500-600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, some light video editing, random gaming (I still place CS:S and some other games, nothing insanely graphics driven), MUDing, Streaming to the PS3, storage
I do NOT need: any peripherals, and I have an assload of data on a pair of 2TB drives which I need to run in a RAID0
Nothing will be re-used from the old box, its all shite (dell from an old job)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is my go-to but I'm open to other sites
Location: Long Island, NY USA (Huntington)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : None
SLI or Crossfire: Nope
Your Monitor Resolution: native res for my monitor is 1680X1050 at 60hz
Additional Comments: Quiet and cool are good, need a decent case, not looking for neon etc. MOBO needs to support RAID. Was looking to use an SSD for boot
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ole Betsy Died in a move (SWOLLEN CAPS=BAD)
For light video editing and pretty much some sporadic gaming I would say that you go do slightly better. Especially for the buck.
Check out my $400 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14772757...
Generally I wouldn't recommend AMD but for your budget, the new A10-5800K is a great chip. Gives you 4 cores to multitask well, and the on the die 7660D is a great GPU, it'll be good enough to run CSS decently I'd assume. If not, it's still got room left in the budget to buy a better GPU.
CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
I like it. I think I'm going to swap the mobo to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As I really like the ASUS products and after rebate comes out to the same price. It also comes with RAM with similar timings with the one you recommend, but I'm a bit worried, seems like a no-name brand to me.