Newbie - please help on new $800 budget computer

Hi all,

I'm new at building computers and I'd like to build one that can play movies to my TV and sound system. I do not need a mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, or wireless internet card.

I gave building a computer a go, but I don't think it's very good. It's called "New 800 computer" on newegg.com public and it's missing some parts: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=26623207

My requirements:

1. Must have a sound card either on mother board or separate but must have an SPDIF connector output. This allows me to run uncompressed sound to my receiver.
2. Video card must have a DVI connector and VGA connector OR 2 DVI connectors.
(A video card with only a DVI connector and an HDMI connector is no good for me, nor is a VGA + HDMI.)
3. Budget is $800.00 max
4. Computer will be used mostly playing movies from computer hard drive to HDTV connected to computer. I connect the computer DVI port to the HDMI port on my TV. And I connect the SPDIF from the sound card to my receiver. It gives me 5.1 surround sound and 1080p graphics. I might play some games if I get excited about it that much but it will never need to do both at the same time.

Could someone please let me know of a motherboard, videocard, or just a good computer build for these requirements? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you
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  1. Wish list doesn't show anything for me. Are you only going to be using this for watching movies? If so, $800 is quite a high budget, you could build a nice one for nearly half that.
  2. TheN00bBuilder said:

    Wow...I'm missing hard drives all over the place.
  3. Thanks all!
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