Posted 28 August 2011 - 02:42 PM
Building off that parts list.
CPU: Black Edition means it can overclock easily, but there isn't anything saying you must overclock. It's inexpensive and has decent performance. If you can wait until Bulldozer comes out, you may be able to get a newer CPU at a similar cost. Unfortunately pricing is largely unknown. That is, except for the flagship FX-8150P, which is aroud $300 USD.
Motherboard: That motherboard uses a new chipset, which you should always get if possible. Don't get too excited though, it's a 970 chipset which is basic and will do well unless you use multiple graphics cards. BTW, if you are planning on using SLI or Crossfire, you may want a 990FX motherboard. Replacing a motherboard is a real pain, by getting one that can handle a newer CPU, on top of being backwards compatible, you plan ahead a few years so you don't have to upgrade this part then.
RAM: This is good, but if you're really on a strict budget, you can make do with a single 4GB stick.
Hard Drive: Good, though you probably won't see any benefit from SATA III due to drive design. If you used an SSD, that can absolutely use SATA III very effectively.
Case: Decent, though if you are going to upgrade to higher-end graphics cards, you would need a bigger case and power supply.
Graphics Card: That is a middle-of-the-road mid-range card. It is essentially a rebranded 5770. For reference, the Radeon 68xx is the higher performing mid-range cards with the 69xx being the high-end gaming cards.
OS: Obvious, though, if you do network-based backup to a NAS, you need Professional, otherwise, Home Premium will do well.