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March 15, 2011 6:20:49 PM

Hi, im just about to invest in a new build, mainly for gaming (shogun 2, fifa, starcraft etc...)
At the moment i am on a budget and therefore keeping my 9500GT 1gb video card, my 360GB hard drive and my cd drive.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £90.19

CPU COOLER: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler £12.41

MOBO: Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 880G Socket AM3 ONboard 128MB Memory DVI VGA HDMI Out ATX Motherboard £67.66

PSU: Be Quiet 530W Pure Power PSU - 120mm Fan Dual 12V Rails 5x SATA 2x PCI-E 190751 £38.96

CASE: Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU £24.99

FANS: 120mm Blue LED Fan - 4pin Molex Connection £2.49 (x2)

MEMORY: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V £33.33

This totals to £327 which is around my budget. I was just wondering if you think this could do with any improvements at all?
In a month or two I plan to buy the 6850HD radeon Graphics card to go with this.


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March 15, 2011 6:32:24 PM

Seems fine to me.
-You could go for a 870 Extreme3 mother board. It has 2 PCIe slots, so u can go for a crossfirex with your 6850 later

-Please go for a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ Heat Sink as it gives the best value for the money.

-Go for a more branded PSU like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX or Antec. PSU is the main power unit of the PC so if that thing blow, it takes all parts with it. Also low quality brands have low efficiency so if you're buying a 550W, you actually get like 450W and that may not be enough to power all the parts.

I certainly suggest you save some more and buy a Sandy bridge and also the new fixed motherboards are out.
As sources say Bulldozer is also round the corner, so i suggest you wait and upgrade as if you upgrade now, you may be left with older technology.
March 15, 2011 7:25:41 PM

what would be a decent sand bridge cpu to buy then, and wit what motherboard?