First off I'll say thank you, for taking time to read this. I'm quite possibly useless at making decisions but you can save me! I can't give you anything other than my gratitude, so thanks again. Any replies will be appreciated. Basically I'm after the best gaming PC I can make with the budget below.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range: £390 (Insane I know)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Media
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, PSU, DVD/RW drive, Mobo(Mobo is a MSI 770-C45 AMD 770, AM3 board), Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer.com
Country of Origin: UK
Parts Preferences: AM3 processor due to the Mobo I have.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: I'm wanting to get the best CPU possible really as I can get a decent graphics card later on in the year when my brother upgrades his PC. I'm open to any suggestions and ideas.
First off I would get the X4 955 and save a few. You won't really get much more from the 965, plus you can change the multiplier easily to match the 965's speed or even more. That CPU will hit 3.4 without any voltage adjustments. My X4 940 runs @ 3.6 Ghz at stock voltage, but I have it under a TRU.
For gaming you will not be satisfied with the 5450. For about $60US, you could get a GT240 that is a competent gamer. Not sure about your area, but its about the most powerful GPU without a PCI express power connector in the states.
Otherwise I would look at the HD 5750, or perhaps the HD 5670, or 4670. But that starts moving into the 80-100US range.