Yeah link the list :)
Did you already get the ram? And just waiting until Thursday for everything else?
If ram is a done deal at 16gb, there are basically 2.5 things you could do over the previous list to ramp up performance.
1. CPU. The G860 is a heckuva deal at $73. The view from there is:
G870 for $90 - verdict - $17 extra for 100mhz isn't a deal.
G2120 (Ivy Bridge) for $100 - verdict - $27 extra for 100mhz and 0%-5% improvement in speed due to architecture still isn't that much of a return for 34% more cost.
I3-2120 for $110 - verdict - here is really where the best deal for a 'notch up' lies. For $37 (50% more cost on the part), you get 300mhz (a straight up 10% improvement), plus Hyperthreading, which may or may not help in games, but it may help in video editing.
I3-3220 (Ivy Bridge) for $120 - verdict - $10 more for 0%-5% improvement due to architecture...not really worth it, but the bigger issue is that, while that Biostar board supports Ivy Bridge cpus, it *may* require a bios update for that. So if it isn't shipped with an updated bios, you'd be stuck with a board/cpu that won't boot. That would be annoying.
The end point there is, get the G860 or jump to the I3-2120 for $110 - $37 more.
2. Video card. The 7770 is great and really sips power for the performance it possesses. The next notch up in performance from there is a Geforce 560 (non SE or ti), or a Radeon 6870. Right now there's a deal on a 6870 at Amazon for $140 AR...$35 more than the 7770. Here's a comparison: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=536 Basically if you want to have some headroom to really max every setting on WoW, this will provide it, especially with the I3.
2.5. Motherboard. That Biostar is a steal and by all accounts a nice board. What I like about it that nobody seems to care about any more is that it actually has better onboard audio than most - it uses the Via Vinyl audio chip instead of a Realtek. I'd go with it unless you simply must have USB 3.0 (if you don't have any USB 3.0 devices, it doesn't matter, although I'd check if your camera is USB 2.0 or 3.0). That wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, but since you do video editing, maybe you have a camera with a USB 3.0 interface, in which case...
The other thing is that the board does SATA 3gb/s and not 6gb/s, which makes no difference unless you plan to install an SSD in the future.
If those features are needed, there's an MSI B75 chipset board at Amazon for $60, so $20 more.
If you did all three of those things, you'd end up at $615 AR, but the cost before the rebates came back would exceed $650 which might be a stretch. It would be possible to cut some money out of the case...*maybe* the psu...or if you know someone with...ahem...an 'extra' copy of windows...that would obviously save money.
Sorry for that long-winded geekery. Just geeking out I guess. lol
Edited by Selvaganesh on 10/6/2012 9:08 PM PDT