So my son's current build, a i3-530 / TH55XE / HD 5670, started having some issues, and just decided to upgrade the whole schlemiel, some parts new and some old.
He plays a lot of older titles like hl2, tf2, garry's mod, scribblenauts, killing floor, amnesia, terraria, dead island, portal 2, payday, crysis2, borderlands, orcs must die, dota 2, etc. so this is what he wound up with.
new: cpu & mobo from Microcenter
not really old but not really new: memory & power supply - both are about 6 months ~ 1 year old
kind of old: case & gpu - 3~4 years at least for both
The pics have a set of Team 2 x 2Gb 1333 installed, I used those to do the build, test/burnin w/ slax linux bootable usb and do the initial windows install, to minimize downtime since his current PC was working just crashed once in a while.
Once I was done, and he was asleep, I took his hdd out and copied over his steam dir so he didnt' have to re-download (works wonderfully, once you change ownership to "system" and enable permissions for all users) and swapped out the memory.
The case not having any cable management was a bit of annoyance, so the current wiring just kind of to be zip-tied to itself to not be in the way of the bottom fan or airflow, and behind the mobo was not an option since the side panel is a really tight squeeze, and didn't want to have aunt bunny sit on my side panel just so I can slide the panel onto the case. The only place you can put slack is by the HDD mounts or in the 5.25" bays, I chose the former.
I am sure I will be knocked down a bit for the i3, because we all know how much better the fx-6300 is at multithreaded apps and can overclock... However, isn't that just saying the i3 is a good choice for single-threaded apps non-overclocked?