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Ok thank you. I have decided on the Phenom II x4 840 (Phenom in name only yes but it will make me feel good!) and for my purposes it should give the same performance as a bigger 4 or 6 core. What do mean by run it at stock?

Can someone please help me with the graphics card, I'm going to buy them together. Someone suggested a an ATI 5450 but there are so many different types it's confusing. Can you just pinpoint one specific model that I can simply buy?

I was looking at getting a Gigabyte one as it's the same company as my board, hoping the PC would run more stable with similar components. The issue is that they seem to be more expensive (I'm looking at 1GB).

So far I have seen MSI Radeon HD 5450 Low Profile 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Passive Graphics Card : http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...BlclBhZ2U9Jg==

Asus ATI Radeon HD 5450 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card: (below it on the same link)

(both same price but the latter has 1600mhz memory but the former has 3yr warranty over 2yrs).

The other one is: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB PCI-E 2.0 DVI HDMI VGA Graphics Card Retail found here: http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Se...ics-Cards-ATi/

Or should I spend £10 more for a Gigabyte?

Oh and can my board even support DDR3 graphics??
Need to know what budget. Brand doesn't matter (although I would certainly AVOID XFX completely, they have been junk since they switched to ATI / AMD).

The memory on the graphics card doesn't matter either, as that's VRAM. That's completely seperate from system RAM. You can run a GPU that has GDDR5 on it, and it'll run just fine on your machine.

But again, what card you want to pick depends on your budget.
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How much do you think I should spend considering the tasks I perform, i.e. lots of multi-asking, HD video but no gaming.

Less than £50 though would be good which is about $80
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How much do you think I should spend considering the tasks I perform, i.e. lots of multi-asking, HD video but no gaming.

Less than £50 though would be good which is about $80
In that case, a HD5450 up through the HD5670 (depends on how serious you want to get into the HD Video). Anything from Powercolor, MSI, Asus, Sapphire, Visiontek, and I suppose Gigabyte even (I dislike Gigabyte personally, but they do make a decent GPU I guess ).

Just pick whichever card is the cheapest from those brands, and pick whichever core you feel would be best. The higher, the faster it is.

HD5450 -> 5470 -> 5550 -> 5570 -> 5650 -> 5670
(I think the 55x0 series is OEM only though, could be mistaken though)

But even just the HD5450 should perform your tasks with ease, since you're mainly after HD Video. The HD5670 will do it better, with GPU acceleration. But the 5450 will work just fine though.
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I say go for the: Asus ATI Radeon HD 5450 1024MB GDDR3
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=39539
I like that one over the others because it has DDR3 memory and it has a fan. The fan should keep it cooler than the passive (heatsink only) video cards. If noise isn't an issue, then i would go for that one.
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Just get athlon ii x4 640, it's cheaper and your board can handle it plus it's just a little slower than phenom ii
    
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I am inclined to go for the Asus 5450 then or should I be spending £30 more to go up to a 5670? I cannot find much in between unless someone can help?

The final thing I want to do is to upgrade my hard drive (nothing else I promise!). I don't need anything huge (I'm currently using about 42GB) so I am thinking of buying a solid state drive such as this Kingston 64GB:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=42530

I have been told that SSD hard drives can significantly improve multitasking? I am willing to spend this much more because I'm saving on the CPU. If I need anything bigger I can perhaps go for an additional standard hard drive later but I'm not sure how that would be set up. Is it worth going for SSD?
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Wouldn't nvidia cards be better at video encoding/editing cause of CUDA?
    
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Wouldn't nvidia cards be better at video encoding/editing cause of CUDA?
Short answer, no

There just arent many apps that take advantage of it
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I am inclined to go for the Asus 5450 then or should I be spending £30 more to go up to a 5670? I cannot find much in between unless someone can help?

The final thing I want to do is to upgrade my hard drive (nothing else I promise!). I don't need anything huge (I'm currently using about 42GB) so I am thinking of buying a solid state drive such as this Kingston 64GB:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=42530

I have been told that SSD hard drives can significantly improve multitasking? I am willing to spend this much more because I'm saving on the CPU. If I need anything bigger I can perhaps go for an additional standard hard drive later but I'm not sure how that would be set up. Is it worth going for SSD?
The Asus 5450 will do your needs just fine.

For a SSD, I'd grab the OCZ Vertex 2. I'm honestly not THAT great with SSD's, but I know you'll want something that says 285 / 275 for read / write. That tells me (at least) that its the better Sandforce drive. Again, I honestly don't know much about SSD's, that's the extent of my knowledge with them.

But I did just install a Vertex 2 60GB in a machine nearly identical to mine. That machine was FAST.
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