SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/TV shows (would like to be able to output from the video card via HDMI out to my TV which doesn't seat very far away), Recording music (it's pretty basic..I just use Cubase and never have more than 8-10 tracks), Basic browsing. (Youtube HD, Hulu, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, HDD.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Haven't tried before, but I believe I have enough general knowledge to give it a try.)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want a workhorse..not looking to do much gaming necessarily. But like I stated earlier..It would be nice to have HTPC like capabilities..be able to download HD videos and play them on my TV which sits 6ft. away or so.
Nah, chances are nobody's seen your thread yet. Be patient and you'll get replies.
Does ATX or mATX matter to you? I was thinking 785G with onboard video would save you enough over a 790 motherboard to net you a good Phenom II quad core to put in this.... Let me see what I can do here.
Ok I built something that comes to $601 before shipping... It's a start and you can go cheaper on the processor to compensate for your budget. You could also go for a different choice of DVD/Blu-Ray than what I have as well. And I chose a case that's more than some others, but I LOVE this case.
Would the onboard video on the 785G have any problem handling high quality HD video files? XvidHD etc..?
Also, No need for the Blu-Ray reader. All the video I playback will be downloaded..maybe I can look into one later. Also, forgot to mention in the first post..I have a Sony Dual Layer-DVD Burner that I'll be able to use in this build also. So, that frees up a bit of extra funds.