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Ah, I see the main problem. You're buying a prebuilt. If that's anywhere as expensive as in the states, that's going to be quite expensive. Build your own, is my suggestion. The OS will be some trouble - if you're a college student you can often get Windows 7 for free. Here's a sample parts list from PC-part-picker-UK. There might be better deals out there, might want to ask the AMD experts here about how good an overclocking mobo that is, but I don't know the UK market and this configuration will at least be MILES ahead of the one you put in your OP. Then again, it's also more expensive. But if you have genuine ambitions to play BF3 and Shogun 2: Total War in any kind of style, you'll need to spend more than in the OP in any case.

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/6hqp

An Athlon II and some bottom-of-the-barrel video card is NOT going to run Shogun 2 on anything but very low settings, and I wouldn't guarantee smooth. Then again, maybe you have a tiny monitor.

The system I laid out above will give you a respectable processor & video card, enough to play smoothly on medium settings or so, for 432 quid (lol... quid) not taking into account peripherals or OS. If some other experts in this here forum want to look over the list, maybe you can clean up any mistakes/inefficiencies I put in.

Edit: How much cheaper is building your own PC? Equivalent parts to the list above on the pre-made website you used would be 570 pounts.
Edited by MisterFred - 3/30/12 at 9:45pm
    
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