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First time builder - gaming PC - advice sought

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October 23, 2010 2:34:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week coming (latest week after next)

Budget Range: £850-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, no other advanced uses

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD processor - flexible elsewhere

Overclocking: Maybe - but primarily to extend build life rather than maximum performance

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 or 1920x1080 if I buy a new monitor (depends on PC cost)

Additional Comments: Looking for a compatibility check here please - first time I've build my own PC! The key factors are reliable, fast, good looking games and a lifespan of three years minimum - currently replacing a not-quite four year old machine. Main concerns are my RAM choice and lack of six-core CPU (future proofing?) Is 650W enough power?

Antec 600 Six Hundred Gaming Case

Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870 Socket AM3

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX

XFX 650W XXX Edition


OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD

Western Digital 640GB Hard Drive SATAIII 7200rpm 64MB Cache

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media - 64-bit

Any and all comments/advice/improvements welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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October 23, 2010 2:52:40 PM

Negative on that Asus 870
Expansion Slots
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 slot

so 16/4 CF - in UK have a look at the Asrock 880GExtreme3 ^^
October 23, 2010 2:54:29 PM

But if I don't plan to crossfire then its not a problem right?
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October 23, 2010 2:57:09 PM

Yep not an issue
October 23, 2010 6:25:42 PM

Can anyone help me out on the RAM compatibility? Struggling to find something available to buy that is officially supported (according to ASUS).