First build ~£500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 1 month BUDGET RANGE: Roughly £500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media(music,films), Internet, Graphic Design, Music Production

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS




MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1366 x 768 using a Sharp LC-19D1E TV. Will upgrade in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet if possible. Will be running Windows 7 but unsure of version or bit.

Had a friend spec this for £509.98:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz Socket 775 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L G41 Socket 775 VGA 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard

MEMORY: Crucial 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6 Lifetime Warranty

HDD: Western Digital WD1500HLFS 150GB Hard Drive SATAII 10000rpm 16MB Cache - OEM WD VelociRaptor


Western Digital WD3200AAJS 320GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue

GFX: Gainward GT240 512MB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card

OPTICAL DRIVE: Sony AD7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer & RAM Burner + LightScribe Black Bare Drive - OEM

CASE: Coolermaster Sileo Quiet Case With 500W Extreme Power Plus PSU *Special Offer Bundle*

However after some research I've specced this for £505.89:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BlackEdition, Sok AM3, 3.2GHz, 8MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail

MOBO: MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX

MEMORY: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24

HDD: 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM

GFX: 512MB XFX HD 5750, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), 4600MHz GDDR5, GPU 700MHz, 720 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/ HDMI/ DP

OPTICAL DRIVE: Sony AD-7243S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, Labelflash, OEM

CASE: Antec NSK-6580B Mid Tower Case inc 430w 80+ PSU, 9 Drive Bays, Front IO USB & IEEE 1394

Sorry for such a long first post, just wondering which one is 'better' for my needs. Any changes welcome. I'm thinking of scrapping the 2 HDD idea in the first build and using the Samsung from the second with the £75 saved going towards upgraded graphics or better RAM or just having it as a saving.
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  1. You don't need a quad for those tasks. A dualie or tri cores will do.

    ADX425WFGIBOX - AMD Athlon II X3 425, Triple Core, Rana, S AM3, 2.7GHz, 1.5MB Cache, HT 2000MHz, 95W, Retail
    £55.28 Inc VAT

    And you may be able to unlock the 4th core in the X3:

    Or if you must have a core, this is a good budget one:

    ADX620WFGIBOX - AMD Athlon II X4 620, Quad Core, S AM3, 2.6GHz, 2MB Cache, HT 4000MHz, 95W, Retail
    £72.43 Inc VAT

    The rest of the parts are ok.
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