SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Media center: streaming movies, bluray/dvd, tv tuner, internet)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (no monitor required but will be buying new TV for living room to hook it up to)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Newegg) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not against it but shouldn't need for this
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080 Dell monitor, but will most likely be using on a 42" TV that is yet to be purchased)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to run everything TV related through this. My parents don't watch a ton of TV but would watch movies from netflix etc on this.
I recently built a i5 system for myself but have no idea what is the best for this type of non-gaming setup. Any recommendations on how to set this up are welcome. I plan to have a decent 600-1000 tv wall mounted and have this pc instead of the dvd player/vcr (?) and stuff. This will take the old computer out of my mom's office/sewing room to give her more space. I'm open to processors/cases etc, just looking for a general idea of what this will cost etc before I buy the stuff in about a month.
Thanks guys, I am liking the first recommendation with a Seagate HD, I don't need Windows 7 I don't think since I have one that didn't work on their old computer. I do need wireless keyboard and mouse but I will let them pick that out. Seems like a nice looking, efficient machine. Now all I have to do is pitch it to them.
So I got it built last night and hooked up to a brand new LG 42" TV. Everything seems to be working fine but the quality of picture from dvd's and other formats (avi, m4v, etc) is very pixelated and rough. Do I need a graphics card to help this or what? I was under the impression that this mobo/cpu could handle displaying 1080p clearly. I'm nervous to see how bad a bluray is going to look. The max windows resolution setting is 1280 x 1024. What gives?