Media Centre/Gaming Rig to play Shogun 2 highest settings smooth

  Oimi 10:16 AM 29 May 11
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Hello there, I have a couple of computers which I need to condense into one (and sell the remaining components if I can). We don't have space for two computers any more, so the PC in the study needs to go and the PC in the lounge will become a dedicated machine (using the smaller of the two pc cases - The Cooler Master). The plan is to have a machine which will be be able to function as both a media centre and gaming rig (running smoothly at highest settings) in the lounge. Shogun 2 is the benchmark I want to set.

I need to be able to bitstream audio from the PC to the AV.

Current hardware:

TV: Samsung LE32C530 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 50Hz LCD TV with Freeview (Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 for PC). AV: Yamaha Natural Sound AV Amplifier DSP-AX863SE (SPECS HERE: DISCONTINUED YAMAHA DSPAX863SE HOME CINEMA AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK Visit http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/product_id/4574 for details) Speakers: Tannoy SFX 5.1 Speaker System (SPECS HERE: TANNOY SFX 5.1 SPEAKER SYSTEM - available from Superfi UK Visit http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/product_id/3804 for details) & Misson Floor Standing Speakers.

Current media centre rig (operating Windows 7 Professional 32bit):

Asus My Cinema-P7131 Hybrid DVB-T PCI TV Tuner card £25.06

Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5C 4GB 800MHz C5 DDR2 Memory Kit £47.45 

Corsair TwinX 2GB DDR2 6400 C4 £24.89

Akasa AK-195BL 13.9CM FAN+ADAP £31.57

AMD AM2 DCORE 5050E Energy Eff £51.16

CAIR 400W CMPSU-400CXUK £44.16

Asus M3A78-CM £59.00

LG GH22NS40 22X SATA BLK OEM £16.49

Cooler Master Dominator 690 PC Case With Window / Black (PC Shop) £67.99

Current (dormant) PC in spare room (was operating Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit):

£27.90 2x Akasa AK-FN057 Apache 12cm Fan 

£14.20 StarTech.com Black Value ATA133 Drive Drawer with Shock Absorbers 

£5.10 All in 1 Internal Card Reader Plus One USB2.0 Port Black - 3.5" Bay 108453

£40.32 2 x LiteOn 20X SATA DVD±RW/RAM With Beige, Black & Silver Bezel + Nero - Retail 127442

£80.90 Corsair 620W HX Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC 114941

£75.67 Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Fatal1ty Professional Series 126185

£83.27 ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP AiLifestyle Series P35 Socket 775 Socket eSATA 8 channel Audio ATX Motherboard 129126 (ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE MOTHERBOARD INSTALLED IS £103.13 Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard 145748)

£284.87 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz FSB Socket 775 8MB L2 Cache (2 x 4MB (4MB per core pair)) Retail Boxed Processor 130475 (with £36.95 Kühler CPU Zalman CNPS 9700 NT 754/775/939/940/AM2 acting as cooler) 

£301.91 BFG 8800GTX OC2 768MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out HDCP enabled PCI-E Graphics Card 131671 (with £23.37 THERMALRIGHT HR-03 PLUS 90MM and £2.93 Xigmatek XSF-F9251 92mm Fan attached) - is very big and needs to be housed in a case like the £128.80 Thermaltake Kandalf VD4000BWS LCS No PSU - which I have since removed the front panel (doors) and liquid cooling system and replaced it with fans, as the idea was a liquid cooling system would be quieter, but uses fans too and there is the expense of the liquid)

£59.28 Corsair Memory XMS2 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (800) Dual Channel Desktop

£74.99 Acer V173Ab 17 inch LCD Monitor / Black (PC Shop)

£319.99 Samsung S86 Series 22 inch LE22S86BD HD Ready Freeview Widescreen LCD TV (Electronics)

I appreciate this is going to involve some swapping, but more likely involve buying new hardware, which I am happy to do (so please do make suggestions).

Thank you very much for your help in anticipation.

  Oimi 10:16 AM 29 May 11

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