Budget AMD Phenom PC

I am planning for the below configuration-
AMD Phenom II X2 550
Asus M4A78LT-M LE Motherboard
Transcend 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
Palit GeForce 8400 GS 512 MB Graphics Card
I am on an extremely tight budget.
Is the above combination free of any compatibility issues? Also there is a lot of discussion about Overclocking, unlocking hidden cores, etc. Is any of that possible with this combination?
If there are better alternatives pls let me know. My purpose is a budget PC which can run smoothly Photoshop, some image stitching softwares, HDR processing and some 3D rendering with VRay.
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  1. All those parts should work together, and will overclock if the BIOS has the options for it.

    Your Phenom II X2 550 may unlock to a quad core if its cores are not defective, otherwise it will remain a dual core.

    You will probably want the Athlon II X4 630 which will outperform the Phenom II X2 in multi-threaded programs like Photoshop, they cost around the same.

    How much can you get the 8400 GS for, and can you get any other cards at the same price?
  2. Part of my dilemma was about whether to go with Phenom X2 550 or Athlon II X2 630. As you said Phenom550 costs here about $110 while Athlon630 costs about $120. So which would be better for my applications? More cache memory or more cores?
    Coming to the graphics card, there are few other options at the same price tag-
    POV GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI-E Graphic Card
    VTX3D HD 4350 512MB DDR2 (VX4350 512MD2 H)
    Sapphire Radeon HD4350 512MB ATI PCI E Graphic Cards
    Asus EN8400GS-P-512M-A-LP 512MB DDR2 Graphics Card
  3. More cores would be helpful, because those programs seem to be able to use more than two cores, so go for the Athlon II X4 630.

    Out of all those cards, the HD 4350, which brand doesn't really matter - it's faster than the 9400 GT, which is an upgrade from the 8400 GS.
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