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November 27, 2010 1:48:49 PM

Hello forum.

Wondering if I could get some advice on the parts I'm planning to order.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week.

Budget Range: £600-£700, $950-$1100.

System Usage: Gaming.

Preferred Websites for Parts: overclockers.co.uk, ebuyer.com.

Country of Origin: UK

Overclocking: Maybe, but not yet.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not yet.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz

Motherboard: Asus Crosshair III Formula AMD 790FX

RAM: ??????

GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive

PSU: ??????

Case: CM Storm Scout Case - 120mm and 2x 140mm Fans Included


1. As you can see I've yet to pick out some RAM and a PSU. If someone could suggest some that would be great. Regarding the PSU, I'd plan to Crossfire eventually.

2. Is this case going to be ok for fitting everything in?


Thanks for your time.

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November 27, 2010 2:37:27 PM

My Suggestions

CPU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/intel-i5-760-s1156-lynnf...

MOBO
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p7p55d-e-pro-p55-ex...

GPU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1gb-sapphire-hd-6870-420...

RAM
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/8gb(2x4gb)-corsair-xms3-ddr3-pc3-10666-(1333)-nonecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-new-connector-160v

HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ss1tb-samsung-hd103sj-sp...

PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/550w-corsair-cmpsu-550vx...

CASE
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-912-plu...

TOTAL: 750£

You can check the same components else where for lower prices but i suggest not to change them. Will give u smooth gaming experience in every game.
November 27, 2010 8:18:35 PM

Thanks for the response.

I probably should have mentioned initially that I would like to stay AMD but I'll consider this build too.
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November 27, 2010 8:24:33 PM

hmmm wats the reason behind to stay with AMD build as i am sure u know Intel CPU will give u better performance.
November 27, 2010 9:14:18 PM

^^^ Intel does have performance over AMD, but I prefer AMD myself as I dont like to shell out so much cash for procs. However, I can actually see where Mianmars is coming from, you saved in some places so you can afford better things in others. His is def the better build.
November 27, 2010 10:38:08 PM

Well, I'd like to stay with AMD for a few reasons. I've always had AMD, so there is some brand loyalty. Their upgrade paths are also better and their products cheaper. I wouldn't say I'm entirely bound to AMD but unless the difference is significant I'd rather stay with them.

My biggest concern would be that I've heard/read the 1156 socket is pretty much on it's last legs now.
November 27, 2010 10:51:38 PM

I was once an AMD fan boy too but with the release of Intel core i3,5,7 they really have surpassed Amd. You can check Toms Hardware CPU charts to confirm my point. About the 1156 socket on its last legs, well if u can wait for about 5-6 weeks then it would be better as new 32nm CPU's are coming on their way, if wait is no option then core i5 is way to go.
November 29, 2010 2:49:22 PM

Having looked at my budget again I can't really spend as much as I had initially planned to, so this is pretty much what I've come up with on a budget of £600 max. Once again anyone's opinions would be appreciated, thanks.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz

Motherboard: Asus Crosshair III Formula AMD 790FX

RAM: Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX

GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive

PSU: Corsair TX 650W

Case: CM Storm Scout Case - 120mm and 2x 140mm Fans Included


December 1, 2010 3:29:18 PM

Thanks for all your help, gonna get the order in shortly.
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