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July 7, 2009 5:27:45 PM

So ive been planning a new build for a few weeks and looking today certain components seem to have taken a nosedive in price. The latest build I have come up with (ordering day after tomorrow (Thursday)) is this.

Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case w/o PSU £45.97
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Antec-Three-Hundred-Black-Midi-Tower-Case-w-o-PSU]

Asus Crosshair III Formula, AMD 790FX, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC) £143.72
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-Crosshair-III-Formula-AMD-790FX-AM3-PCI-E-20(x16)-DDR3-1600(OC)-1333-SATA-II-RAID-ATX]


AMD Phenom II X4 955 BlackEdition, Sok AM3, 3.2GHz, 8MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail £147.14
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-955-BlackEdition-Sok-AM3-32GHz-8MB-Total-Cache-125W-Retail]

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Dominator DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600) £62.84
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(2x2GB)-Corsair-XMS3-Dominator-DDR3-PC3-12800-(1600)-240-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-9-DHX]

Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro V2 - (Socket 754, 939, AM2) + ALL AMD Opteron £17.81
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-64-Pro-V2-(Socket-754-939-AM2)-plus-ALL-AMD-Opteron]

650W Silverstone ST65ZF-GM SLi Dual PCI-E EPS12v ATX12v v2.01 PSU £67.47
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/650W-Silverstone-ST65ZF-GM-SLi-Dual-PCI-E-EPS12v-ATX12v-v201-PSU]

1GB XFX HD 4890 XXX, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), Mem 3900MHz, GDDR5, GPU 900MHz £148.90
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-XFX-HD-4890-XXX-PCI-E-20-(x16)-Mem-3900MHz-GDDR5-GPU-900MHz-Cores-800-2x-DL-DVI-I-HDTV]


640 GB Western Digital WD6401AALS Caviar Black, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache £51.78
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/640GB-Western-Digital-WD6401AALS-Caviar-Black-SATA-300-7200-rpm-32MB-Cache]

Pioneer DVR-217FBK 20x DVD±R, 12x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, £17.81
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Pioneer-DVR-217FBK-20x-DVDR-12x-DVDDL-DVDplusRW-x8-RW-x6-SATA-Black-OEM]

This comes in at £716 delivered.

Was wondering if anyone had any comments/suggestions/alternatives to this build?

Thanks.

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July 7, 2009 5:30:58 PM

that mobo is unnecessary for two reasons,

1) it is a serious overclockers board, it's pretty much made for LN2 benchmarking.

2) if you're getting a 650W PSU then you sure as heck aren't getting a second 4890 in there without power issues later on. and a 4890 doesn't use up 16 PCIe lanes, you could run two 4890's and they wouldn't use up all those PCIe lanes.
July 7, 2009 5:36:19 PM

Out of interest what motherboard would you suggest then? I picked the board for a couple of reasons.

I want to try out some overclocking on this system (nothing special as I have never really overclocked before).

The price is really nice for an FX chipset.

I like the fact it comes with a daughterboard for the audio.

Although I wont be running XFire straight away, once the DX11 cards come out and are reasonably priced I would like the option to run XFire later.
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