£500-ish budget, looking to upgrade or replace my pc.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible for pre-christmas delivery.

Budget Range: Ideally less than £500 inc. shipping charges etc. Will consider a few pounds ( £10 or so ) over that mostly superfluous if there's a good enough reason to go over budget, but cheaper without sacrificing quality is better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Digital Art/Animation, general usage and internet browsing. Please note that i will be multitasking heavily.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: to whatever is best at the price.

Do you need to buy OS: No. I already have a copy of Windows 7 and have no interest in 8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't care as long as they ship in/to the UK without charging massive amounts for the privelege.

Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.

Parts Preferences: At least a quad core processor because Bioware decided to make that a requirement for Dragon Age: Inquisition for whatever reason. High memory and processing power/speed also preferred.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: idk, whichever's better in the budget.

Your Monitor Resolution: See pastebin link. Not upgrading at this time.

Additional Comments:
- I don't need any extra peripherals like mice or 'free' games/programmes, i'm just interested in upgrading my hardware.
- Graphical/audio fidelity is not as high of a priority as performance.
- I am also interested in a case that can house it just in case.
- I don't need a new blu-ray/dvd reader or OS.
- I'm using a 400W Corsair PSU on my current rig, so upgrading may not be required, i think.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: As mentioned before, the odd system requirement for DA:I highlighted just how much i need to overhaul my PC. Add to this the fact that most of my games atm are running at sub 20fps on average and I just feel like it's necessary going forward for the next couple years until it's time to do this all over again. I should also mention that i play modded Minecraft a lot, so having an FPS that isn't 5 would be swell.

Thanks. Any additional information you need i'll try to provide. Please also bear in mind that a lot of the numbers and stuff that go over my head so please try to keep the jargon to a level that a layman can understand. :)
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    If you can reuse your HDD (hard drive), then this would be the best you can get:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£130.94 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£35.03 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (£199.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£20.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£62.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £492.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-17 13:50 GMT+0000
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