I know this is my first post and i've only just joined, but in reality i've been a member of this forum for a few years (have been browsing the forums for a long time). I promise, I wont just use it for requesting help and I will do my best to offer help to those who need it in the future.
But for the time being, it is your help I need. Could you please review the build I've made here, and make any suggestions for different parts.
@batuchka: thanks for the info. I did know that the Sandy Bridge CPUs were coming out soon, but I have no intention of upgrading if I get an i5-760. I would just replace it with a new mobo in 4yrs time so I don't think it makes much difference to me.
@infernox_01 & @Silvune: thank you for your recommendations. The HD 5670 appears to be something you both agree on recommending to me. If there are no other recommendations before friday evening then I will probably go with this.
To everyone else, any other suggestions for GPU's? Also, I'd like some reviews about the rest of the system I've chosen? Is it all compatible and look like a good, sensible build to you?
The 450 is substantially faster than the 5670 and the price difference isnt very large ($130 vs $100). The 450 seems to be able to give even the more expensive 5770 a challenge. Since you mentioned gaming, I think it would be a smart investment rather than deciding you need a new graphics card in 2 years because you want to play games at better resolutions/settings.
Why wouldn't you build an AMD rig? it's more suited for the apps you've listed and cheaper.
1055t is equivilant to an Intel i7 860 when running hyperthreading and multitasking apps.
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.80GHz (Socket AM3) Processor -£152.74 http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Proc...
@dndhatcher: good point. i thought that i could get the 5670 for £55 from infernox_01's post but actually it appears that the cheapest I can get it is for £80 and the gts 450 I can get for £100 so maybe I should go for the Nvidia route.
@davcon: I did some benchmarks for i5-750 vs 1055t on anandtech - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=109 and just reading general reviews. To me, the 1055t doesn't appear to be much more suited to the apps i've mentioned. I feel that the 6 cores of the 1055t would probably only benefit somebody who is really doing some hardcore, professional use of those programs, whereas I will just be using them leisurely. For general use, I believe the consensus is that the i5 is the better processor which is why I have decided to go with that one.