I'm trying to put together a decent gaming build for not so much money, so I figured, why not use my existing tv as the monitor since this is pretty much dedicated to gaming anyway. However, I was wondering if a large tv will require a better graphics card or a larger power supply? What would you recommend?
It is 1080p. I'd like to stay around $500 if at all possible. Lower, however unlikely, is acceptable haha.
In that case, if you're looking at video game benchmarks, you want to look for the performance at 1920x1080. If you'd like us to help you put together a build, help us help you by editing your first post and putting this at the end so we can get a clear idea of what to look for?
Or if you're just looking for video card recommendations, let us know what parts you've already picked and how much you've got left in the budget.
And I'm trying to cut costs by finding a hard drive, a disc drive, and as many other parts as I can on craigslist or another place where I can get a deal. If anyone on this forum is selling functional parts that I need, I am not opposed to buying them.
Here's what I'll do: I'll put together an Intel build and an AMD build around $500 (inclusive of shipping and rebates). I'll do my best to leave enough room for a hard drive and optical drive, but I'll leave those up to you (unless I find something attractive). Try asking your friends (possibly coworkers) if they've got any old laptops or they don't use anymore - even older laptops have SATA drives in them, so you may have luck finding one that way.
The 965BE is probably your best bet on an AMD processor from Newegg; however, if you're able to find a Phenom II X4 960T elsewhere for $100-$140, definitely go for that over the 965; the Thuban-based Zosma-based 960T has a better memory controller than the Deneb-based 965BE, it overclocks better, draws less power, and if you're lucky you'll be able to unlock two extra cores in the 960 (and a 6-core PII at $100-$140 is a steal).
Now, the Intel build may perform faster because Sandy Bridge is faster than Deneb/Zosma/Bulldozer. However, I'm not sure how long the LGA1155 socket will last past Ivy Bridge, so I can't comment on its lifespan. I do know Piledriver (AMD's next processors) will be AM3+ compatible, so you've still got that path to upgrade with on the AMD side.
The reason I included a heatsink/fan with the AMD build and not the Intel build is because the i3 can't overclock, so its stock fan will do just fine. The Phenoms, on the other hand, can overclock really well (and it's advisable that you do), but they also run pretty hot (being 125W chips).
The choice really is up to you - Intel runs faster, more efficiently; AMD is a bit more affordable depending on how you decide to work with it (not OCing might let you get away with the 430W PSU and dropping the Hyper 212).
Edit: Damn this post is big. Sorry. This was fun though.