You should definately get an AM3 build, so you can upgrade easily in a few years.
This build got some good upgrade features (eg 6core support)
First things first: DIRECTLY throw away that crappy cheap *cough* 250W *cough* no-name PSU!
I listed newegg-prizes, in the hardware world you should be able to buy this stuff for £200,-
Grand Total: $197/$202
You should be able to buy those parts/comparable parts for £200 in the UK.
The onboard GPU is a hd4250 that "steals" 500mb RAM (leaving 1,5Gb "system" RAM)
If you want to play games, get the hd5450. Otherwise, get the cpu upgrade.
PS: Don't get the 1gb hd5450, as you will NEVER use more then 500mb.
Also, don't get an aftermarket CPU-cooler. That sempron with a MAX usage of only 45W under full load doesn't need anything better than the stock cooler. Even not when overclocked/unlocked.
Keep in mind that the sempron !!MIGHT!! unlock to an Athlon II x2 and !!MIGHT!! overclock to ~3.2GHz on stock cooler. It's a gamble. Even if it doesnt unlock/overclock, the sempron's speed will amaze you. (athlon ii x2 245 can't unlock to anything else, but you
!!MIGHT!! overclock it to ~3,5GHz also)
lol forgot to say i will be dumping this system in 2 years for reasons i cannot say.
I have a HDD so that's not a problem, just need a SATA cable
BUT on comparison the Athlon 64 i picked blows away a good few things > http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/90?vs=121 < (7850 vs ii 255)
7850 is almost £30 cheaper and am damn sure its better than the sampron
No way am i going to try and over-clock anything
--picked thet mobo for bw compatibility--
What does anyone else recommend? AND! what about my choice on this build?
@Dmed Thanks for the info and i rather like your choice in components! nice one
I think that you really should go with an AM3 cpu/mobo.
This way you can replace your sempron/athlon ii x2 with a phenom ii x4/x6 in a year or two. Your am2+ build doesn't have much upgrade headroom.
Of course that am2+ cpu-build will be cheaper, but in the long run the am3 setup will be better.
And btw, in that benchmark the athlon ii x2 was the clear winner. Most graphs say "lower is better".