Need help with my first Desktop Build

I am looking at building my first desktop and am looking for some help.
I know all of the basic parts, but the question i have is what to go big on.
I am not a heavy gamer, but just want a fast desktop that i will use with my 50 inch Plasma to browse the internet and stream 1080 movies that i have downloaded.

That being said, I need some major help as this will be my first attempt at doing a build.
Thank you for your help

I have entered as much as i can to assist anyone willing to help me out.
Thanks again everyone

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2-3 months

Budget Range: 400-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, 1080 movies, downloading

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All new parts

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: open to suggestions

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Atlanta Ga

Parts Preferences: I7? is it worth the hype?

Overclocking: Open to suggestions

SLI or Crossfire: Open to suggestions

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080 480Hz 50 inch plasma

Additional Comments: might look at multiple monitors if i go that route, worried about the possiblity of breaking expensive parts considering this is my first build.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Looking for a new hobby, have some money laying around
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  2. Another question i was going to ask was
    1) about how long will it take to build?
    2) what kind of tools will i need to properly put this together?
    Thanks again
  3. You can check youtube videos for visualization. It will probably take between 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on who builds it. If it is your first, you may go slower than who has experience. About the tools, you will need your hands and some screwdrivers. Screws mostly come with the case and those parts which require screws yet in case, you can always find some proper screws. Also, power cables will come too but some may not fit into the respective places. In that case you can find some specific power cable from web.

    You better watch some videos (Austin Evans have a lot of build videos) and you better have someone who knows about building just as a guide. You cannot mess it up at all, unless the parts are already defected; which is nothing to do with you or the one who builds it.

    After you build it, (the video will tell you too), after the first startup to BIOS, you have to close the PC and take out the cables and put them in their place with arranging them. In first time you will connect them but after being sure PC works, you need to arrange them.
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