$1200 AMD gaming rig

Hi all. I used to be a PC gamer, but haven't used a desktop for 3 years now. Decided I wanted to build a gaming PC and get back into it.

Approximate Purchase Date: Not entirely sure. I might wait for SB, but it will probably be out of my price range.

Budget Range: $1,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: strictly gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly xfire in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here's what I've come up with so far:

Case/OS combo - Antec 300 and Win 7 Home x64

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

HSF - Cooler master hyper 212 (not sure I'll need this, but I will be OC'ing)

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Mobo - ASRock 870 Extreme3

HDD - Samsung spingpoint F3 500GB or 1TB (1TB is out of stock)

GPU - Gigabyte 6950

PSU - XFX 750watt Black edition (not sure this is enough for OC and 2 6950's)

DVD drive - Asus

Monitor - Asus 23.6" HDMI

Total after shipping is $1,199. $30 MIR's not included.

The only thing I'm worried about is the PSU not being able to handle 2 6950's plus an OC. I might drop down to a 6870.
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  1. Err HD 6950CF isn't a power hogger by any means and i would say a 650-700W 80+ would be fine nvm a 750 one ^^
  2. Ah I thought the 6950's used about 280 watts each. Guess I might be able to save a few bucks, but the XFX 750 is only $110 after the rebate.
  3. Unfortunately I'm at work and basically everything is blocked so I can't view that. I'll take a look when I get home. Thanks for the replies so far.
  4. Yep u are welcomed - for strictly gaming no intense encode/render/vid edit/compile i'd say the 9XX Deneb is fine
  5. Looks like you have everything under control. Excellent balance and good quality parts. If you want to OC, you will need an aftermarket cooler of some type.
  6. Agree with batuchka. Your build is almost exactly what I would have recommended based on your budget/usage. You could spend a little more to get an 890GX/FX motherboard, but there's no real reason to do so.

    If you're overclocking, you will need an aftermarket HSF like the Hyper212+. It's a good value cooler. If you find the fan too loud, you could always replace it with a different one.

    And the chart batuchka linked indicated 509W total system draw for a 6950 CF setup. But the XFX 750W PSU is a very-well reviewed unit, having more power isn't a bad thing.
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