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May 29, 2010 4:42:48 PM

Hi all. I'm hoping to build a new PC which will basically be for gaming. I would be grateful and would welcome opinions/recommendations.

Three queries - is the Antec Nine Hundred a large case? If not should I get the Coolermaster HAF 932 or another one someone could recommend?
Also, what size monitor would you recommend with the 5850 (link to scan would be appreciated)? And, is it worth spending an extra £30 or so on the 965?


Antec 900 - Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case with 200m Top Fan w/o PSU £76.35

550W Corsair CMPSU-550VXUK, ATX, PS/2, 5 year Warranty £69.96

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BlackEdition, Sok AM3, 3.2GHz, 8MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail £134.64

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.65V£105.73

Asus M4A79XTD EVO, AMD 790X, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1333/1600/1800, SATA 3Gb/s, ATX£89.05

500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM £38.72

1GB Asus HD 5850 , PCI-E 2.0 (x16), 4000MHz GDDR5, GPU 725MHz, 1440 Cores, DP/ 2x DVI/ HDMI£223.23

Scythe Shuriken BIG 120mm fan Low Profile 3 Heat Pipe - HTPC Ready S754/939/AM2/AM2+/AM3/1366/1156/7 £29.35

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, Single, - OEM £77.55

Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM £14.97

Total £894.09

Thank you.

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May 29, 2010 5:02:08 PM

1. Unless u using a HTPC/SFF case why Shuriken HSF? Nab a CM 212+
2. 2 X 2 Crucial Ballistix 1333 CL7?
3. 23-24" Full HD for me ^^
4. 870 chipset for bigger better tech?
May 29, 2010 5:07:24 PM

Yes the Antec 900 is plenty large enough, certainly for 5850s. It can even hold a 5970 (as long as no harddrives are in the way).

No it is not worth spending the extra £30 on the 965. Scan only stock the C2 revision of the 955, which is the older version. Ideally you should get the MBOX version from another site, such as ebuyer, which also has a better choice and price for RAM. Altho it's not really that big of a deal.

If you want to be able to crossfire your 5850s then you will need a good 650W PSU.

I wouldn't really recommend the Scythe Shuriken for an OC, it's advantage is in being quiet, hope you know that.

I would go for a 1080P screen for that card, altho I don't know which one would be the best to recommend. I'd suggest looking at the 22-24 inch ones and read a few reviews.
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May 29, 2010 5:37:09 PM

Thank you both. I won't be overclocking - however, I did find a Titan Fenrir which I replaced the Shuriken for. Also, I don't plan on Crossfiring for some time; but if I do I will buy a 650W+ PSU.

Thanks again.
May 30, 2010 1:59:30 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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