These are two seperate parts, but I present it as a bundle mostly because I'm lazy, and because most people upgrading will probably be buying both together anyway. For your £89.99, you get:
AMD Phenom x3 8650 2.3GHz (£58.49 by itself)
ASROCK N68PV-GS (£31.50 by itself)
To go with the nearest Intel equivelent in terms of price, you'd be looking at a similar-priced motherboard and an E5400 CPU. That E5400 performs pretty much on a par with the E4700, so here's how the E5400/E4700 compare against this Phenom X3 8650http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-q3-2008/compare,836.html?prod=on&prod=on
As you can see, the Phenom wins in pretty much every category, making it faster for HD video, games, video editing, and latency, which should theoretically make it faster for realtime audio stuff, too. On top of the speed boost, you also get:
- Dual DVI and VGA outputs, both capable of 1080p video, so you can plug in to TV and your monitor and do interwebby stuff or whatever whilst you output a movie to the TV
- AHCI SATA ports, which does delightful things to improve disk performance
- Hardware virtualization
I know I'm kind-of a geek, but the hardware virtualization is a deal-maker for me. You just can't get it on Intel platforms unless you pay something in the order of £60 for the motherboard and around £100 for a CPU, and it makes it fast and easy to install Virtual PC and a virtualized copy of WinXP or whatever OS within it, which can give you something like a sandpit virtual OS that won't affect the external system, or that won't be affected by it. In non-nerdspeak, it means that if your PC is hijacked by a virus, your virtual PC will remain clean, so when you log in to do online banking, you don't get all your access details stolen. There's a squillion other useful purposes for it, too.
Anywya, all in all I think it's a bargain, and I don't think it's possible to buy a more powerful combo for under £100 delivered.
Buy it through Google Checkout with 5 day shipping and it should get a free, and undocumented, upgrade to next-day delivery.
Edit: Forgot to actually put the links in.http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161000