This is my first build. I want to be able to save and stream movies seamlessly though XBMC probably through ubuntu unless you think otherwise. I may do some light ROM gaming, but mostly music and movies. I also want to stream through 1channel.
OK, great! And the G860 over an i3 or i5? Do I need cooling fans? The rig will be in the basement and has decent wireless reception. Would it benefit from a good network card and if so, what would you recommend?