I am trying to build my first gaming PC, I am on a budget of around £420. I know what I want but i am unsure if they would be compatible and would like some clarity before purchasing. If anything isn't compatible, could you please suggest something else. I would prefer to buy from Novatech, so it would all be from the same place.
PSU: Corsair CX 500W V2 ATX2.2 80 PLUS http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupp... £47.99
Now you will say why you should change the tower and psu. I dont know what PSUs novatech uses at their cases but I simply cant trust such a cheap combination. Not because its cheap but its impossible to get a solid psu and case with such a low price. But if you are ok with this you can save £40+.
Memory: your choice is very good. Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CRU-BS8G16) - £34.99
As you can see at http://media.bestofmicro.com/X/F/323907/original/Averag... more cores doesnt absolutely mean better performance. Intel architecture is so superior in games that even 2 cores with hyperthreading are beating any bulldozer cpu. And with today's article about gaming cpus show us that "Intel's $125 Core i3-2100 easily beats more expensive Phenom II and FX models." as Don Woligroski wrote.