Hi, I'm trying to put together a decent spec machine for the first time. Have been reading a fair bit on these forums, but this is my first post here
I've got a setup in mind, I'm just after a second opinion in case I've missed a good deal/screwed up heh. I'll mostly be using it for gaming and movies. I plan on going CrossFire in the future, but for now I'll prob stick to the one card to save costs. Also, I'd like to stay with AMD Black since I plan to OC it a bit as well.
I'll use newegg for price reference (seems to be the done thing around here ) but I'm from the UK though so don't worry about rebates/combo deals as they don't ship internationally. I don't really want to get anymore expensive, but cheaper is always good as long as it doesn't compromise on the performance too much.
8GB RAM is a waste unless you know why you are getting it.
The only reason I was looking at going for 8GB was that I do a lot of flood modelling (I'm a Civil Engineering PhD student) and it's very mem hungry. However, after looking at it a bit more I'll prob go with 4GB 1333MHz with a low CL.
Get the Hyper 212 plus instead of the TX3
Done! Don't know how I missed that one heh.
You would get better gaming performance by reducing some of your other expenses (CPU, Case, PSU)
I'm pretty happy with shelling out a bit more for the case (I love the way it looks and it's very good with airflow/cables) and the Antec CP PSU has had some amzing reviews, plus it should leave ample room for future expansions while not getting too stressed with the current set up. At least that's my thinking anyways...
I would get a newer 8xx series (870, 880 or 890) chipset motherboard which will have SATA3 and USB3. The price wont be much different.
You don't need a FX chipset, you can Xfire fine with a GX chipset.
A 955 is all you need. A 965 is basically a factory overclock, I doubt the chips are even binned separately.
There doesn't seem to be much difference in price (~£10) between the 955 and 965, surely the 965 is worth £10 more? Or can they both be overclocked to exactly the same speed without dieing?
the 955 can be set to 965 speeds by changing one setting in bios which will take you less then 5 minutes,the 955's currently clock a lil better then the 965's .a 955 holds the current amd clock record actuallly