AMD chips in general in the fx series tend to use a bit more power. Although by going with a i3 you are losing the multi threading beyond 2 cores. If you were talking about getting a i5 i'd say yea do that. Also I agree with screwy about the ram 8 gigs dude low profile ram corsair makes it, g.skill, crucial I think all do. Also screwy love the gif animation.
I'm not sure the difference would be all that felt on a bill. For example the 3570k uses 77 watts of power versus the 95watts of power with the 6300. A lot of games are becoming more optimized around quad cores that's why I was saying you'd lose that by moving from a 6300 to a i3.
Well this rig is for my girlfriends house so I can cancel the sky contract and she can have an all in one media center with free to air tv (which I have convinced her is the way to go). The gaming side is for when im there.
My rig is a 2500k with a p67 ud4, im buying a 660ti and putting my current 560ti in her rig. So its like a second gaming rig that needs not be as good as mine.
I will play a mixture of games like COD, Hitman, and just a general mix.
If I were building the small form factor or HTPC, the Silverstone TJ08B-E would be my choice. I didn't see it on Overclockers. Maybe there is a different store in the UK that could find it at? It is mATX though. Here is the link to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cool, thanks for help help. Its really hard for me not to pick the best parts cause I just naturally want to build a monster gaming rig lol. But I know it must be a HTPC first and foremost and a gaming rig second, that is better than an xbox!
@whiteodian, I do agree with you about the case, however I told my girlfriend she could choose the parts for her build as she moans that I pick ugly stuff! So I let her choose the case, which aint bad and I choose the rest. Thank god she never chose a case with a window cause she would want to pick all the other parts too, probably with pink lighting and glitter! I appreciate the suggestion none the less, thanks!
Lol im just glad she picked a reasonably sensible case, cause I was worrying a bit. And you're right, if she had spotted all those 300£+ red and black mobos I would have been in real trouble. As it is the rig will cost 300£ and my old 560ti so not too bad. But thanks for your advice bigshootr8 it was very helpful! Speak again soon!