System Usage from Most to Least Important: playing music, watching video, browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No need to buy one, I have windows 7 here.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan.co.uk, ebuyer.com, amazon.co.uk (whatever is heap in the UK)
Location: Wales, UK
Parts Preferences: Not fussed as long as it performs well
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: PC is going to be sat next to my sky box in the living room, has to run silently and be small and reasonably stylish case wise. Needs HDMI output to hook up to my tv and possibly optical audio out to connect to my stereo.
I've not put together a new build in quite a while so as much help would be greatly appreciated. I've been told the new AMD A series is due next month, am I best off waiting for that to release?
I currently have a spare 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 HDD ready to use on the build which should be sufficient for the time being.
Case: Asus TM-210 Mini tower Micro-ATX Black/Silver £ 21.58 @ Scan
Mobo: Asus P8H77-M LE Micro-ATX £ 69.32 @ Scan
CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual Core Ivybridge £110.56 @ Scan
OptDr: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD £ 16.76 @ Scan
PSU: Be Quiet SFX 300w Micro-ATX £ 37.25 @ EBuyer
That leaves some change, if you want to swap out optical drive to blu-ray, or any other add ons. That Ivybridge i3 has good on board graphics, which is capable of some light gaming. Confess I have no experience in building in case size, so would suggest waiting for further comments, in case I have omitted something. eg. Not sure what ventilation is like, as to whether additional/changed fan is advisable.
Seems fine, but you should seriously consider the i3-3225 CPU. Slightly better performance overall, but MILES better graphics. To get the best out of it, would be better to couple it with a H77, or possibly B75 mobo, but, to be honest with you, I'm not sure what is good, with that chipset, for m-atx.