First post, but I thought that this would be the best forum to come for some well informed advice.
I have recently moved in to my first house, and am in the process of kitting out the 'man room'. I am looking for a PC that will happily connect to NAS for home media streaming as well as something powerful enough to play games - Skyrim, X3 etc, as well as being fairly capable of playing later titles at decent settings.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next few months.
Budget Range: £400 - £450
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Watching Movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Dabs, any reccomendations
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire UK.
Parts Preferences: best value for money. I tend to look for quality and positive recommendations first.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: Using a Samsung 32" TV, native resolution, 1366 x 768
I have created an Amazon wishlist for what I would build with no advice, however the last PC I built was about five years ago, and I have been using laptops ever since, so I am completely out of synch with the current hardware market.
intel cpu are better for gaming. myself i look at the g800 or a i3-3220. the i3-3220 max output is 50-60w. so is run cooler in smaller cases. for the video card try hold off for two-three weeks.. new nvidia cards are going to drop and amd on other tech web pages are going to drop prices on there cards. may be able to get a faster card for the same price as the card you have now. if i was building a gaming rig i drop money for at least a 660 gpu or the 78xx line. the lower end 550-560 cards are fine for movies..but not for games. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...
look at there test bed it an i5 so that they dont bottle neck the game. i3 and lower end card should be fine.
You don't need the extra SATA cable - your motherboard should come with at least 3 - 4. And then I'd personally go with H77 over B75 as you get a bit more headroom for future expansion - otherwise pretty much everything looks good.