I don't have any experience in computer building, but I thought I would give it a try. Mostly, the computer will be used for watching downloaded movies (720p and 1080p) and playing Starcraft 2 (I would prefer High or Ultra settings, monitor is 1600x1200 and my TV is 1920x1080). Beyond that and some music/web surfing, nothing else. I need a smaller case, since I need my computer to fit in my TV stand. My budget for this computer is around 600, although realistically closer to 550 if possible.
I tried to do a lot of research on my own, but I would love some input on what works and doesn't work. Any advice on possible bottlenecks would be great too. My friend is supplying me with a PSU, which is why I don't have one listed. I'll also apologize beforehand for not knowing all the shorthand/common names of each part.
The three biggest things I am unsure of right now is:
1. Whether or not the Mobo is good. The reviews seemed a bit iffy, so I am worried about that.
2. If the CPU/GPU is either not enough or too much for what my needs are.
3. Cost lowering through other combos. I think I looked through all the possibilities, but I wasn't sure...especially if you guys suggest different components.