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New build...suggestions

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Right, as you can see from my sig, my current computer is kind of old, apart from the video card and PSU. I want to build a new computer, but I have a pretty small budget, as I want to save money for studying etc. It is around 300-450€.

I have thought about keeping my video card (HD4670), my PSU (Corsair VX450W), my screen (Syncmaster 223BW), my external harddrive and my dvd drive and perhaps my card reader. That would save some money.

Right, so I would need a new motherboard, RAM, CPU, harddrive and case.

This is what I thought about and with the new parts that I need, the amount came to a bit under 400€.

Case: Antec 300
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L, P45
Power Supply: Corsair VX450W (already owned)
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200
Cooling: Xigmatek HDT-RS1283 Red Scorpion
RAM: OCZ 2048MB KIT DDR2-800 Gold GX XTC Rev. 2 CL5
GPU: ATI HD4670 (already owned)
Sound Card: onboard
HDD: Samsung spinpoint F1 500GB SATA

If I put 40€ more for the CPU, I could get an E7300. However, 450€ is the maximum that I want to put for this. Or should I get another 2gb of RAM? I currently have got XP Pro 32 bit and I know 32bit doesn't support more than about 3.x GB of RAM. I have never been a fan of Vista, but is the 64bit version of Vista alright? Is the driver support good? I know XP Pro x64 has had really no support, Flash player doesn't work with it etc.

I could build a computer that would cost around 4000€, as I have the money, but I want to save it for further education. I plan on using this computer for sometime, because when I go study, I will not have much money to spend of computer parts, especially now during this financial crisis.

If you guys have got any suggestions, then I would love to hear them, especially if I can get a better system for cheaper.


Oh, and I plan on overclocking a bit as well, to get more performance.
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