System Usage from Most to Least Important: video watching(like netflix), gaming, surfing, schoolwork
Parts Not Required: office suites, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: 2ms response monitor, might go down to 5ms, needs to have hdmi so i can plug in a ps3
SLI or Crossfire: maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferably
Additional Comments: I am always running multiple programs. I always have netflix, youtube or a podcast playing while i surf, game, or finish my school assignments. Usually have at least 2 browsers with several tabs open. I mainly game on my ps3, which i plan to hook up to this setup. The games I do play on pc are not to demanding but it is enough to get occasional major slowdowns if i have to many programs running. This is only the low setting.
really confused about the motherboards. Aslo is a hdmi port needed on the motherboard if the gpu supports one, and vice-versa. Should i be concerned with 1600mhz ram or numbers like 6gbs/64mb cache on the hard drive. Need to know if the gpu/cpu is more or not enough of what might i need. Is the new sandy bridge intel better choice? I hear they are good for gaming but not the best for multitasking, like what i usually do. Is a ssd recommended?
for reference my current setup is just a single core 2.4ghz with 2gb of ram, it uses integrated nVidia GeForce 6150SE
You don't need an HDMI on the motherboard if you have an HDMI on the graphics card.
The motherboards are 3gb sata (sata II), so buying a hard drive with sata III (6gb/s) means that you'd be wasting money on a feature you're not currently using.
The ram is good and because you have an unlocked multiplier on your processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would do quite well considering the budget. You won't get much from overclocking the ram when you can just bump up the multiplier on your CPU much more easily, so there's no real need to buy stuff with heat spreaders.
Sandy bridge would be a better choice, but because of your budget I'd suggest sticking to AMD. With the budget ~800-1000 and you needing both a monitor and windows, you'd have to get a lower-tier sandy bridge CPU and probably downgrade other components of your build. And though hyperthreading is great, it doesn't quite match up to a real core.
Other than those minor changes, your build looks great
I would try to skip the CPU cooler and opt for the 6850 graphics card. A mild CPU overclock (3.2>3.5ish) can be achieved on the stock heatsink and that extra bit of cash can go towards a rather significant increase in gaming performance.
Well, not quite sure. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/302918-28-bulldozer-p... ongoing discussion about that there. Apparently both MSI and ASUS say that their 800-series chipset motherboards are compatible with the FX-series bulldozer AM3+ socket CPUs. If they're constricted by any architectural shortcomings being on an 800-series AM3 socket mobo, nobody's sure.
If you're looking to upgrade your CPU later this year or next year then you could opt to buy a more expensive 870 AM3 MSI or ASUS motherboard. If not then it may not be worth it.
EDIT: The bulldozer CPUs are due to ship out in the summer. According to AMD, the bulldozer CPUs will outperform the older phenom II's by a significant amount, but just by how much, who knows. They have yet to release any benchmarks