Advice - Building a new system (UK)

I know this is a pretty generic question but here goes...

I need to seriously get a new system, this is my current setup, it's old now...

AMD Athlon 62 X2 Dual Core 4600+ (2.41 Ghz)
2Gb Memory
ASUS MSI M2N4 SLI Motherboard
Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT

I do some gaming ( Star Trek Online) which the graphics are lagging badly now on my system. I also use PhotoShop a fair bit too.

So, with a budget of £400 for a total new system including case etc, can anyone give me a few suggestions for specific models/makes of components so I can build a new faster system?

I have a 1Tb external HD and several SATA drives, but not opposed to a brand new SSD HD to speed up access times. I can also re use my DVD writer, it's just the tower I need to build.

Will need:

Power Supply
Motherboard & processor
8Gb Memory
SSD Hard Drive ( Is this necessary ?)
2Gb Graphics card
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  1. How about...
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£151.49 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £430.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 13:44 BST+0100)

    £400 is quite a tough budget...
  2. Do you already have a new copy of Windows or is the one you are going to use installed on your old pc?
  3. I already have the Operating System here.
  4. Dalek_Winston said:
    I already have the Operating System here.

    Is it retail or OEM? (If it came with a pre-built PC, it's OEM)
  5. Retail
  6. Dalek_Winston said:

    Ok, then you should have no problems. You'll have to re-install it though, so make backups as installing Windows usually wipes the entire HDD clean.

    I think the build Seeking Solace proposed would be an excellent choice.
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