So I have never built a computer before in my life but I use to know something about these things when the x486 was hot! Now I am trying to get back into them and am in need of your help. I would like to build a PC that will be able to do the following:
- provide a great video feed to my 42" LCD HD TV (1080p capable and HDMI ready)
- play some of the best video games on the market
- play Blue Ray DVDs
- and of course stream Netflix HD.
Essentially, a kick ass machine.
Here, of course, is the kicker. I am looking at spending around $1,000 (some leeway here).
So maybe the best question is, can I build a bad ass machine that will maximize my TV's capabilities while not blowing away my budget? If so, please give me your best build!!!
(The only component that I don't need for this build is the Monitor. I have no preferred parts manufacturer or preferred website.)
AND get a better brand for the GPU than visiontek, from my personal experience i say they're no good, their custommer support is the worst, the little fan is weak, and mostly poorly constructed. that one seems like the reference design though, but i'd spend a little more and go for the trusted brands, either XFX, Sapphire or HIS will be good
leaving every other component like it is, there's a total of $1038
if you wanna stick to intel the i5 rig will be good too for an extra $57, but definitely change the gpu, NEVER buy either diamond or visiontek just cause they're a bit cheaper, there's a reason why they're so cheap...
The build posted by shortstuff should serve you very well, and the changes to motherboard and CPU by wiinippongamer would in my oppinion not give you better performance, in all benchmarks I have seen, the i5 750 is superior to the AMD.
By the sound of it, this will be used in a living room? If so, is noise a consideration? or looks, more av equipment like?
I have an Antec 300 myself for my office PC, but ended up changing the stock fans as I found them too noisy.