System Usage from Most to Least Important: guild wars 2, other mmorpgs, streaming media
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: All, starting from scratch
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cheapest
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: not sure. better performance on GW2 is a +
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 37" samsung hdtv 1080p
Additional Comments: Looking for a mid tower that will be unobtrusive under a tv, easy to put together and upgrade
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I tried to play GW2 on my 3 year old laptop. It runs, but just barely. As much as I like gaming on a laptop, I can't afford to buy a new one every couple years. Also, as a side benefit I'd like to set up a media server to stream music and video to other devices in the house.
Negative. In your form, you said you didn't want to overclock, although I'm a firm believer in buying a CPU that does support overclocking as its one of the main advantages of building your own vs buying a pre-built, neither the mobo nor CPU I recommended support overclocking. Hence, no need for anything more than the CPU cooler that comes with the i5 processor.
so i'm going with nekulturny's build with the gpu downgrade. my followup question is about cases.
The space I'm working with is vertically limited. The TV stand looks something like this: http://www.chinarack.com/pid84789/chrome+tier+rack.htm A wire rack with about 16" of clearance between the shelves and a few inches between the bottom shelf and the floor. I need to put the computer on the bottom shelf.
My question is, is there a vertical case that will accommodate this build and also fit in this space? As an alternative to a vertical arrangement, can I lay any tower horizontally given the open space under the bottom shelf?