Need some help building a system!

Hey guys. I haven't upgraded my PC in quite a few years. I'm currently running an Asus Crosshair motherboard, X2 6400+ BE CPU, Radeon HD 4850 video card, and 4 GB of DDR2 memory. I know... It's ancient. Have your laughs haha. I just bought a nice HD LED smart TV and I would like to be able to run HDMI cable from the output on a video card to my TV to watch HD movies. Unfortunately, my video card doesn't even have an HDMI output. I don't play very graphical intensive games anymore, but if I made the upgrade, I would probably get back into it. I am basically looking to upgrade the motherboard, CPU, video card and RAM. I've been out of the loop for a long time, but I'm thinking of sticking with an AMD system, just because of the price factor. Just finishing college, it's tough right now. I was looking at the FX-8120 CPU and maybe a Radeon 7850 video card. Any suggestions on whether this would be a good setup for me, or if it would be more than I need? If so, what motherboard should I go with? And I'm assuming I'd need DDR3 memory? I'd like to try keep each component in the $100-$200 range, but I'm open to all advice! Please help me out guys! Thanks.
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  1. Could you please fill this out?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    In any case, should your budget be about $850 check my build out here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module146695821

    And if you need a build more than that, check out my $1000-1100 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147312351

    the FX-8120 is probably the worse choice just because almost all Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge chips mop the floor with it. Expecially in gaming. The 7850 is decent but I think with optimization you can do better.
  2. Approximate Purchase Date:
    Within the next month.

    Budget Range:
    $100-$200 per component.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:
    Internet browsing, gaming, streaming HD movies to TV.

    Parts Not Required:
    Monitor, speakers, HDD, CD Drive, power supply, case, wireless card.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
    No preference.

    Country:
    Canada.

    Parts Preferences:
    HDMI output with solid HD video streaming to my TV, running newer games on high graphics.

    Overclocking:
    Probably not, but maybe a slight overclock.

    SLI or Crossfire:
    No.

    Monitor Resolution:
    1440x900.
  3. So if I wanted to go with an AMD CPU, which one should I choose? Or is it not even worth it?
  4. AMD route isn't even worth it at this point:
    i5 2500K vs FX-8150
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=288
    Killed.

    Intel wins out almost every time. And with that said check out my build guide. Again, the $850 or $1000 would probably fit you.
  5. Trinity APUs may be worth checking if he's on a budget.

    @Bedwards923 - Please give us your total budget, not budget per component since.. that doesn't really help. :P
  6. ^ I don't think he was though, his budget seems pretty large?
  7. I'm gonna say $600-700.
  8. ^I would say that's pretty tight.
  9. ^ Not quite, he doesn't need a PSU, HDD or Case.

    Check out my $850 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147086871
    Puts the total at ~$630 w/o the HDD, PSU, and Case.

    Should be a solid build for you. Way better than an AMD cpu build.
  10. Oh, I missed that.
    Yeah, an Intel build would be good for now.
  11. Thanks guys!!
  12. No problem! Good luck!
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