Advice needed for £500 build

1 Mar 2011
Hi All,

I am new to the forums and may aswell be new to PC building! I did dabble back in 2006 but all has changed now and my knowledge is out of date!

I have a budget of £500 for the base unit including Wireless adapter but NOT including OS, Monitor or Keyboard/mouse.

Use is mainly photoshop and casual gaming (games like Total War, Sims3, COD - mid settings but 1080p)
The monitor I have is 24" 1080p.

I’ve had a bash at pricing up a system, but as expected I’ve hit a dilemma on my choice...
This is the stuff pretty much decided upon:

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

530W Be Quiet BN106 Pure Power L7, 80 PLUS, SLI/CrossFire, 120mm Fan, Dual Rail, ATX12V v2.3
Coolermaster Elite 430, Black, Mid Tower Case with side Window 120mm Front LED Blue Fan, w/o PSU

Edimax EW-7711In 150Mbps wireless 802.11b/g/n 32 bit PCI adapter

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.5V

Then Graphics card, Nvidia or ATI?

1GB Gigabyte GTX 460 OC, 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 715MHz, Shader Clock 1430MHz, 336 Cores, DL DVI/ mHDMI


1GB XFX HD 6850 Dual Fan, 4000MHz GDDR5, GPU 775MHz, 960 Stream Processors, 2x DVI-I/ HDMI/ DP

And as for CPU/Mobo... Completely stuck between new i3 2120 and Phenom 955.
So either....

Asus M4A79XTD EVO, AMD 790X, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1333/1600/1800, SATA 3Gb/s, ATX
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black, Deneb Core, S AM3, 3.2GHz, 8MB Cache, HT 3600MHz, 125W, Retail


Intel BOXDP67DE P67 Express Socket 1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard
Intel Core i3 2120, S 1155, Sandy Bridge, 3.3GHz, DMI 5 GT/s, 3MB Cache, Core Ratio 33, 65W, Retail

Both systems come to little over £500..

Is this system balanced enough? Or is it too GPU heavy?