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February 13, 2011 1:49:34 PM

Ok so I've been looking to build a PC for a while now, and I've settled on these parts

Approximate Purchase Date: Between Now and June; The essential stuff will be bought within the month, and the luxury items, e.g. 2nd Graphics card will be bought later on in the year

Budget Range: Up to £1000 (although anything over can be bought later)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming; Dawn of War 2, World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, Hard Drive, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website for Parts: www.Ebuyer.com

Country of Origin: Sunny ol' England

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here are the parts I have picked so far

Motherboard - Asus P8P67 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248960

GPU - Radeon 5870 x2 - http://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SGRAATI58701GBPCE

PSU - 850W PSU - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124736

Case - NZXT Phantom - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/257230

RAM - 8GB Corsair (2X4GB) - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248767

Blue Ray Drive - 12x BD-ROM DVD±RW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATAII Optical Drive - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/242243

CPU Cooler - Coolermaster V8 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148238


Are there any flaws in my build? Any room for improvement? Thanks!





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February 13, 2011 2:11:50 PM

Hello clewis09;

Missing a CPU?
February 13, 2011 2:13:10 PM

Awk Sorry! Forgot ^^ Its the I5-2500K
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February 13, 2011 2:14:27 PM

he probably can't get SB
now because of recalls....
February 13, 2011 2:17:17 PM

looks alright to me, do you have the 2500k and the p8p67 already?
February 13, 2011 2:17:29 PM

if you don't than while your waiting for them I would look for the AMD 6990, or you could go with 2 6870s which should give you roughly the same performance for around the same price, but the 6xxx would have better tesselation than the 5870s.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/300?vs=301
February 13, 2011 2:21:55 PM

Everything is nicely compatible.
How set are you on that Phantom case and OCZ PSU?
February 13, 2011 9:32:29 PM

Thanks for the replies!
No I have no parts at the moment (Bar the ones I specified as already having), It seems quite fortunate I have waited, with the SB recalls. the 6870 is cheaper than the 5870 as you said which always helps.
The Zalman Cooler looks, cool, but is that the best you suggested? Performance > Aesthetics
My heart was and is set on the NZXT Phantom (C'mon! Racing Stripes!!!), I can cough up an extra £10 (with the money I saved from the 6870 :bounce:  for the other PSU, barring that are the rest of my parts A'ok? I only recently decided on my Motherboard, with this being my first build, I was going mainly with what the community said.
Thanks Again!

February 13, 2011 9:49:03 PM

Case choice is highly personal. As long as it performs as well as it looks (and the Phantom does) and you're OK with the price? No reason not to get it.
The Zalman Cooler is a good cooler, no double about that. If you like it's looks enough to pass by a slightly less expensive cooler, it will do a good job for you.

The HD 5870 is actually a more powerful card in most games.
The HD 6870 is more marketing than performance.
You'd want to look at a HD 6950/6970 to better HD 5870 performance.
February 13, 2011 9:52:45 PM

So your suggesting the 5870 is worth the extra £10?
February 13, 2011 9:53:17 PM



February 13, 2011 9:53:56 PM

What games are you focusing on in the future?
February 13, 2011 9:55:12 PM

The 5870 Seems to be worth the £10 then! Are there any better alternatives to my motherboard?
February 13, 2011 9:55:24 PM

This build includes two gtx 560's in SLI, a motherboard that actually runs two vid cards @ 8x & 8x, better cpu cooler than what you had in your build, and better rated psu.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164961 £79.99 inc. vat Free Delivery
Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case - No PSU

http://www.ebuyer.com/search?page=1&sort=popularity&lim... £73.38 inc vat Free Delivery
XFX Pro 750W Core Edition PSU - Single Rail 9x SATA 4x PCI-E

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/ASUS...(Socket+1155)+DDR3+PCI-Express+Motherboard+?productId=42939 £141.59 inc. VAT
ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Inte...(Sandybridge)+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+-+OEM+?productId=43635 £159.95 inc. VAT
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158603 £36.95 inc. vat
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B For Socket 1366, 1156, 775, 478, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 940, 939, 754 Processor Cooler

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY... £83.99 inc VAT
G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ) [F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL]

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/242243 £41.99 inc. vat
Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BD-ROM DVD±RW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATAII Optical Drive - OEM Black

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253958 £188.98 inc. vat Free Delivery
Gigabyte GTX 560 OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253958 £188.98 inc. vat Free Delivery
Gigabyte GTX 560 OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card

Total: £995.80 inc. vat
February 13, 2011 9:58:38 PM

My Main gaming uses (Now and to the future) are Dawn of War 2 (Retribution, The Beta is out, highly recommend it!) WoW, and the other games that are about in the coming year, Dragon Age 2, Oblivion Skyrim Etc etc
February 13, 2011 10:19:52 PM

So I'm assuming the 560 SLI trumps the 5870 Crossfire? As with the case, I can stick with the Phantom Please :) 
February 13, 2011 10:20:44 PM

You're using a 1920x1080 monitor I'm assuming. Looking at your gaming list I think a HD 5870 is a better choice for you. Yeah, worth the 10 quid.

There is an issue running two cards in the less expensive P67 motherboards since the PCI-e splits the lanes differently as in x8/x4.
THG look at that issue a while back using the P55 boards. In some games the effects are minor, in other games very noticeable.
THG: PCI Express And SLI Scaling: How Many Lanes Do You Need?

What are the chances you'll end up being happy with a single strong video card?
February 13, 2011 10:23:28 PM

February 13, 2011 10:26:59 PM

I can see myself being happy with a strong card, although I dont want to shut myself off from dual cards, yes im running 1920x1080
February 13, 2011 10:38:54 PM

I always recommend getting the strongest GPU you can afford.
When you're not happy with the performance, sell the video card and use the proceeds to cover a good chunk of the upgrade to a more powerful card.
February 13, 2011 10:56:12 PM

Going along with your Single card, How do the 5970 and 6970 stack up? Do the 5950's and 6950's get thrown into the mix? I remembered that WoW doesnt make use of Dual cards, so a powerful single one seems wise in my situation
February 13, 2011 10:58:26 PM

The HD 5970 IS a dual GPU - CFX on a single board.

How does a 6950 work on your budget?
February 13, 2011 11:01:44 PM

A 6950 is £198 at Pixmania.co.uk, Will this Handle my sort of games alone? (Would prefer max settings), Just to enlighten me, are there no 16x/16x Mobos?
February 13, 2011 11:04:46 PM

The high end x16/x16 motherboard will be in the X-58 replacement motherboards.
Most tests show (including that THG article I linked) that x8/x8 performance is actually very good.

Im thinking that 6950 would do High/Ultra settings in any game this year or next.
At most you might have to tweak the special effects if you find things moving slower than you like.
February 13, 2011 11:07:32 PM

Ok, Its down to the 6950 and the 5870 then :pt1cable: 
February 13, 2011 11:13:54 PM

Whatever one I choose, Is keeping the crossfire door open worth the £50 extra to upgrade to the P8P67 Pro Mobo?
February 14, 2011 12:06:15 AM

If you can make your budget stretch, I think so.
And it will help when it comes to to sell of the parts in 3 yrs or so for the next upgrade.