£450 gaming/video/photi editing pc for friend

(to those who've helped me in previous threads this will not contain as much pointless text, hopefully none other than this 1st sentence. Sorry for misspelling of photo in title but I seem to be only able to use quick edit)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: October (however he wants to know what he can get for his money now)

BUDGET RANGE: £450 (£500 including os would be more realistic I feel

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, video/photo editing (games known to play: wow Team Fortress 2,Half life 2 , cs source

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.Ebuyer.com www.aria.co.uk www.amazon.co.uk (I like www.overclockers.co.uk at times)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe but not now since budget wont stretch

MONITOR RESOLUTION: His current monitor is less than 1600x1200 but he wants to buy new one when he gets more money

PARTS PREFERENCES:I think ATI 4800 series and and amd phenom 2 x3 720 or x4 955be would be good. He has pre ordered windows 7 for price listed below

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: he dosen't care about look want best performance for money.

Heres what he chose
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166518- CPU £74.13
AMD Phenom X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Chche Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532- Motherboards £72.94
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168123- Hard Drive £56.99
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168453- Graphics Card £86.99
XFX HD 4850 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131128- RAM £34
Extra Value 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 Extra Value Ram Unbuffered Non ECC

New Ferrari- 500w Midi ATX - Red £42.54 with shipping

Windows 7 £64.98
Overall £432.59

Now I didn't really like this build that much but the build I came up with was far too expensive £501.32 on www.overclockers.co.uk and that was without windows 7, so I thought you could help to make the build above better. I think £500 including the OS would be fine. If you want to see what I chose just ask but I decided not to include my build to decrease post length.
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  1. I would hit at least a P2X3 710, and clock it if needed at the very least. Extremely easy to clock these btw hehe Maybe a 790GX and a HD4850on the cheap now before the bigger better cards hit the scene soon? For a card like HD 4850 if you have to pay a premium for 1GB video ram IMO its not worth it Throw in an 80+ certified 650+ watter PSU with PFC for good measure?
  2. Here's what I've come up with slightly modified version of my original £501 list and its still over the budget

    AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail

    HIS ATI Radeon HD 4850 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card - OEM
    (What does an oem card mean, Do you have to purchase a cooler and cables or does it just mean it doesn't come in a box and has a lesser warranty)

    Asus M4A77TD Pro AMD 770 (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

    OCZ Platinum AMD Edition 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel

    Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD10EADS)

    OCZ StealthXStream 600w Silent SLI Ready Power Supply

    Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black (No PSU)

    Akasa AK-FN057 Apache Super Silent 120mm Fan - 4 Pin PWM

    Which comes to £467.43
  3. if you need a 1tb drive this is at a better price http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150256/show_product_reviews
  4. Great find, I've also swapped fan and motherboard to ebuyer to reduce the overall cost to £457.56

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/171664 same motherboard for £1.86 less

    Antec TriCool 120mm fan £1.37 less

    Hitachi DeskStar 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM £5.99 less
  5. and getting a case with a psu is a waste when you already getting a psu an should drop the price more
  6. and a you can get mid tower for under £30 but if he wats something red hows this http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134826/show_product_reviews
  7. In his build he didnt include an extra psu, in my build I chose a case without psu and a psu to go with it to make sure on psu quality
  8. ok next option if he only gonna run one graphics card you could drop to a 500 watt power supply http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-026-OC&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=
  9. Which would bring the build price down to £451.56 which is basically the price point wanted, and for £450 it seems a very nice pc, though I myself would be tempted to push up the budget to icluse a better card and a future proof psu.

    If he doesn't listen to me about getting a branded PSU he will save another £32, which would meant it would only be £50 more than his original build, which considering were getting very good dd3 memory instead of value dd2 and better processor seems pretty good
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