£400-£500 gaming/work rig would love some help :)

hi I'm making a new computer for gaming and i work as a web designer. My budget is £500. I am also trying to make this computer so that it will be upgradeable in the future. The main focus is for gaming for example modern warfare and assassins creed2. I also use Photoshop and Dreamweaver at the same time so I need a CPU that can handle that and also play music and stream video.

Heres my build. Also I would love some with making this better :)

CASE: not sure can anyone suggest a cheap one with good ventilation?

MOBO:
MSI 770-C45, £49.15 Is this ok or is there a better one available
http://bit.ly/8D0miP

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X2 240 £45.70 would this be able to keep up with what i want to be able to do?
http://bit.ly/6fXtDC

RAM:
Corsair Dominator DDR3, PC3-12800 (4GB)
http://bit.ly/4ZT53T


GPU:Not sure yet. anyone got any ideas for one. It would be great if it had dual dvi for 2 monitors :)


PSU
400W Corsair £37.58. is this enough power?
http://bit.ly/8HyMZe

DRIVE:
Samsung SH-S182D £16.46
http://bit.ly/7ji2ST

HDD:
1TB Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP £64.35
http://bit.ly/6ihAY0
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  1. oh and by the way the list i've made is worth: 309.57, but i still need to sort out a case, graphics card and if theres any changes to be made
  2. I don't know the first thing about AMD, so I'll leave that to another.

    GPU: ATI 5750/5770

    PSU: Should be fine unless you plan on sli/crossfire

    HDD: Look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb, or Seagate 7200.12 1tb, much better access speeds price should be similiar.

    RAM: Dominators tend to be overpriced and you'll never see the performance increase. G.Skill is recommended.

    Case: Antec 300 is a great budget case.
  3. If you read the OP in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-advice then you should be able to give us all the info we need to be able to offer proper advice about your build.

    Firstly it would make sense to spend £4 more to get one of the best drives around: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £68.
    I think you should get a SATA DVD drive instead of that IDE one.
    The wattage needed depends on the video card. I think 400W is too low and I would get this instead: OCZ 500W StealthXStream 80plus £48
    And this case: Antec 300 £43
    Which should give you enough to get this: ATI Radeon 5770 £136
    If you buy a SATA burner that is around £20, then I make the build at £511

    You could spend less on RAM to get you closer to £500; you could drop down to 1333Mhz RAM for example. Or look at a different online retailer, as scan's selection isn't very good and quite expensive. Also wait for one of the 5770s that is around £120 to come into stock.
  4. heres my entry put the right way. thanks for the link Silvune. Also I added what you guys have suggested.


    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the beginning of February BUDGET RANGE: 400-500 including taxes

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (around crysis level of graphics), Photoshop, Dreamweaver, web browsing.

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor(haven't bought one yet), speakers, OS

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK, Belfast.

    PARTS PREFERENCES: None, but i would like to go down the AMD route for it being cheaper

    OVERCLOCKING:Maybe. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: In the summer I will try and get another monitor for dual monitor work.

    CASE:
    Antec 300 £43

    MOBO:
    MSI 770-C45, £49.15 Is this ok or is there a better one available


    CPU:
    AMD Athlon II X2 240 £45.70 would this be able to keep up with what i want to be able to do?


    RAM:
    Corsair Dominator DDR3, PC3-12800 (4GB) £96.33


    GPU:ATI Radeon 5770 £136

    PSU
    OCZ 500W StealthXStream 80 plus £48

    DRIVE:
    Samsung SH-S182D £16.46

    HDD:
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £68

    Total:£502.64
  5. With this build you would be able to put in a better processor quite easily at some point, probably the same with the 5770. Depends how high you want to get framerates in crysis and what settings you will want/can put up with. These two benchmarks show what can be achieved:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-test/18
    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=5
    Depending on the resolution of the monitor you get, you can play in gamer mode and probably have either low or no anti-aliasing to get reasonable fps.
    You aren't very likely to get a much better board and still be in budget. Read this review, it should help you get familiar with it before buying it: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2009/09/17/msi-770-c45-motherboard-review/1
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