Any Flaws in my Build?

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:

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 -

GPU - Radeon 5870 x2 -

PSU - 850W PSU -

Case - NZXT Phantom -

RAM - 8GB Corsair (2X4GB) -

Blue Ray Drive - 12x BD-ROM DVD±RW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATAII Optical Drive -

CPU Cooler - Coolermaster V8 -

Are there any flaws in my build? Any room for improvement? Thanks!
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  1. Hello clewis09;

    Missing a CPU?
  2. Awk Sorry! Forgot ^^ Its the I5-2500K
  3. he probably can't get SB
    now because of recalls....
  4. looks alright to me, do you have the 2500k and the p8p67 already?
  5. 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.
  6. A couple better CPU coolers that cost less:
    Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B
    Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B
    Zalman CNPS10X Extreme

    Same price but better:
    Prolimatech Armageddon
  7. Everything is nicely compatible.
    How set are you on that Phantom case and OCZ PSU?
  8. If I were in your position I think I'd swap around the price ratio of the PSU and case a bit.
    Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case £80 and Corsair 750W TX PSU £92
    The customer reviews of that OCZ PSU were not as good as one would hope.
    It's been withdrawn from sale in the US as well.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. So your suggesting the 5870 is worth the extra £10?
  12. What games are you focusing on in the future?
  13. The 5870 Seems to be worth the £10 then! Are there any better alternatives to my motherboard?
  14. 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. £79.99 inc. vat Free Delivery
    Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case - No PSU £73.38 inc vat Free Delivery
    XFX Pro 750W Core Edition PSU - Single Rail 9x SATA 4x PCI-E £141.59 inc. VAT
    ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard £159.95 inc. VAT
    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM £36.95 inc. vat
    Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B For Socket 1366, 1156, 775, 478, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 940, 939, 754 Processor Cooler £83.99 inc VAT
    G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ) [F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL] £41.99 inc. vat
    Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BD-ROM DVD±RW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATAII Optical Drive - OEM Black £188.98 inc. vat Free Delivery
    Gigabyte GTX 560 OC 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card £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
  15. 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
  16. So I'm assuming the 560 SLI trumps the 5870 Crossfire? As with the case, I can stick with the Phantom Please :)
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. The HD 5970 IS a dual GPU - CFX on a single board.

    How does a 6950 work on your budget?
  22. A 6950 is £198 at, Will this Handle my sort of games alone? (Would prefer max settings), Just to enlighten me, are there no 16x/16x Mobos?
  23. 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.
  24. Ok, Its down to the 6950 and the 5870 then :pt1cable:
  25. Whatever one I choose, Is keeping the crossfire door open worth the £50 extra to upgrade to the P8P67 Pro Mobo?
  26. 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.
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