Let's discuss, spec by spec!
CPU: The bulldozer line is kind of lousy, with a weird core system that pales in comparison to Intel's hyper-threading. Since this isn't a workstation anyway, most users would benefit more from a similarly priced, and faster, i5.
RAM: DDR 1333 RAM is the default for modern computers, 1600 would have been nice.
Mobo: 1 PCIe 2.0 16x is to be expected for this level PC, and SATA 6Gb/s will be appreciated for anyone who wants to experience the true upgrade that is an SSD. Also, integrated wireless and bluetooth is nice, though a linksys or antenna chipset is always better, if Win8 allows you to use the machine as an access point as Win7 can.
Optical: No Blu-Ray may bother some
GPU: A stripped 5000-series card with a 7000-series name. Ponderous. Invest in a $150 upgrade if you want to play anything from the last decade.
PSU: The worst part of the machine. 460W, non-80+ certified junk. I hope anyone who plans to upgrade this deal is ready to tear this part out, as well.
grumlenz wrote:What better video card suggestions do you all have for this? My usage would not include any gaming at all.
The one included will be fine for you. Gamers, myself included, are snobbish about this component.
would include HD video playback and editing as well as blu ray recording/authoring
Check AMD or other professional editing forum for drivers for the 5000-series. You may need a firepro or quaddro professional card for the pro-drivers, unless the Rivatuner unlock discussed http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/246658-33-gaming-professional-graphics-cards#t1766438 there truly works. Are you looking for a workstation? This isn't a workstation.