So I mainly use my PC as an all inclusive rig. I mostly use it for surfing the web, school work and my media center. My computer monitor is in my closet collecting dust because my computer has been hooked up to my HDTV for the past 4 years. It's ungodly old and upon me looking at the system requirements for Windows 7 I decided it was time to upgrade as my computer is 10 years old, the 2.4ghz P4 just isn't making the cut any more. Since my computer is hooked up to my Home theater system (which is a very high end system), I'm looking to build a computer that has great sound output (optical preferably) and good crisp HD video output. My budget is as cheap as possible but if I had to put a definitive cap $1K. I would like a system that can run games if I choose to start playing them on my PC again (opposed to my PS3) and that can multitask pretty well. The CPU/Mobo is my biggest part where I'm torn.
You should not cheap out on the power supply. If you are doing rebates then get this one instead: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W $65 ($40 rebate).
The motherboard should be fine. This one is the same price and looks to me like it has a slightly better layout: ASUS P7P55 LX $119 ($7.56 shipping)
If it was me I would go for either of these SSDs over the Patriot: Intel X25-V 40GB $125 OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB $145 ($20 rebate)
Perhaps your research has shown that the Patriot is better, in which case ignore me.
As you seem to know the motherboard is not suited to your needs. Because it is a H57 motherboard it includes support for integrated graphics, the graphics is integrated onto the CPU in these cases, an i5 750 does not include integrated graphics. If you were to go with an i5 750 a better motherbaord would be the one below: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The board "Silvune" suggested is an ATX board thus it is bigger with more features such as more PCI slots. If these are required than go with that board but if they arn't then go with the one I suggested.
RunninRedlir since you are not going to start gaming and are not sure if you even will, then integrated graphics is a better option. It will save you money and later on if you decide to start gaming them you will beable to buy a better graphics card. This requires you to use an AMD processor as they have the best options for integrated graphics systems. These motherboards also come with HDMI output which could be benifical as you are using a HDTV. The recommended parts are below:
As far as multitasking goes I normally have iTunes running, surfing on firefox (with multiple tabs open), do some photo editing or writing papers or reports for school. It's been about 10 years since I've built my last computer and I've only sparsely looked into the new CPU's and from what I've read Intel seems to be the better CPU so I would like to stick in the Core i-Line if possible. However, if you think AMD will be just as good that's fine. I would really like to have to not upgrade my computer for another 5 years or so. My main concerns that I don't want to cheap out on now are having good Audio/Video output so that I can stream my Blu-ray movies flawless and in FULL HD with DTS enabled (which I'm not even sure is full capable on HTPC but that's what I'm shooting for.
Yes well thats not really heavily multitasking, a dual core would suit you fine. However since you won't upgrade for 5 years a quad core will probably be a better option. With AMD you will be able to upgrade easily later on as they are likely to bring out more processors for AM3, with intel you will not be able to upgrade to a latest CPU without getting a new motherboard.
Using the AMD system you will get flawless blu-ray playback in full HD, I don't see why you think you arn't able to.