One of my friends asked me to build them a new desktop, making this my third custom build (I work in IT at my college, and am pretty knowledgeable), but I'd like some hardware suggestions for what he wants to use it for.
I try to do it all on Newegg for the most part if I can, so links would be awesome.
He wants to use his 32" 1080p HDTV via HDMI, for general use and maybe some casual games. (I know he doesn't own hardly any PC games...he's been playing Minecraft lately.) I don't think he'll need anything capable of running games on high settings at 1920x1200 or anything...
Also trying to keep it under $500. Personally I prefer running AMD and ATI parts. This is what I've got at the moment:
MSI 870A-G55 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($100)
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ($90)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBR ($47)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($40)
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case combo with the below PSU ($85)
Rosewill RV2-500 500 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply
This comes out to about $370..willing to look at other options though. But I need a GFX card. Since I don't work with HD much myself, not owning an HDTV or anything, I'm not sure what he'll need to run it well. I know most decent cards have max resolutions way higher than necessary, but what would run well? At 1920x1200 or even 1360x768(720p, right?) if that might be better for his size of TV. I was looking at some Radeon 5670s with HDMI and DVI, about $90. It seems like it might even be overdoing it but I'm not sure and could use some opinions. Thanks!
Edit: Forgot to mention I'll probably be putting Win7 64bit on it.
Edited by mb9023, 24 February 2011 - 11:18 PM.