Although I'm not the best at this sort of stuff, I took on DJBPace007
mention of an AMD system and put together something very similar to yours but also included RAM and the overall system should preform better, see what others think of this?
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164047
Or here for £199.98 for this week - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....amp;subcat=1328
Motherboard - ASUS M4A78T-E 790GX Socket AM3 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161328
Also supports 16GB of RAM, I think ASUS is a good board manufacturer?
RAM - OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10666 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142388
Case - Coolermaster HAF 932 Full Tower Case - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148685
Just as good a Case as the Antec you picked out, heres a review of the case above as well - http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/HAF_932
Power Supply - OCZ 700W Mod XStream Pro PSU - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152008
Just picked the same PSU because I'm no good picking those out.
Total For AMD AM3 System - £546.24
Your Total For Intel System (Without RAM) - £540.46
I'm not an expert by no means, not really any good at this, I like to read the posts people make here a lot so this is sort of what I have picked up from reading here. That system would probably considered quite a bit better than the Intel 1 above, I'm assuming you have the Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard?
And when you eventually get to buy a Graphics Card and add a bit more RAM it should more than handle what tasks you mentioned above.
Anyway hope that helps
Oh and fairjoeblue
VAT is "Value Added Tax" basically equivalent to the US "Sales Tax" (Yours varies from 6% to 9% I think depending on what State your in?), Currently it is set at 15% until January 2010 when it will go back to 17.5%, Even higher rate in Germany about 21.5% there currently, highest it can be set at by EU law is 25% (Lowest by EU Law is 15%), I think there is 1 or 2 countries in Europe that does have it at 25%, ours is the lowest in Europe.
Oh just a pointer for those over the so called "pond" you could bookmark those 2 Brit sites (Ebuyer
) since most likely others will ask, they are probably the best 2 sites or 2 most used at least, in the UK, Having read in another thread DJBPace007
mentioned not knowing any UK sites I think.
EDIT: Just thought, What are you doing about an Operating System? Or is that sorted or not included in your £500 budget?
Also I should have added extra choices how about these below same Case and PSU, just a change of system from DDR3 and AM3 to DDR2 and AM2+
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 940 3GHz Socket AM2+ - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155714
RAM - OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800Mhz/PC2-6400 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146049
Motherboard - ASUS M4A78-E 790GX Socket AM2+ - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160931
Total For AMD AM2+ System - £478.33
(With 4GB Of RAM) or £518.32
(With 8GB Of RAM)
Which brings you under Budget if you took 4GB of RAM and a slightly changed Processor, just offering another choice.
Edited by woodyblade, 16 May 2009 - 08:09 PM.