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Clear down, start again. This time I know a bit more what I'm looking at, thanks to https://logicalincrements.com. There's still a lot to consider.

Here's the current working spec.

Case: Coolmaster Elite 311 (free)
This is my old case. I will either build into it, or send it to PCSpecialist (if the postage isn't extreme). That's a service they offer. Alternatively, I could save the postage hassle and pay 20
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-P (Intel 1151 socket; DDR4; USB 3.0)
CPU: Intel i5-9400F (2.9GHz, 6-core)
A Ryzen 5 looks lovely, but is also about 100 more
Memory: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance (2400MHz)
Graphics: 6GB nVidia Geforce GTX 1660 Super
PSU: 650W. Either Corsair (from PCSpecialist) or Seasonic (if I use my existing components)

My drives I believe are functional, so I'm keeping them. However, I can't buy from PCSpecialist with no drives at all, so that's the cheapest: 256GB generic SSD. I shouldn't need to repurchase Windows, at least.

Everything else standard: cooling, onboard sound, 10/100/1000 LAN (and I have a wireless expansion card already)

That spec costs either
or, buying the board, CPU, cooling, memory and GFX from https://overclockers.co.uk; plus accounting for the ~70 value of the Seasonic PSU I could otherwise return

So my current thinking is that 40 isn't enough saved for the faff and worry of doing it myself.

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