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$1200 dollar rig will these parts work together in harmony?

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June 20, 2011 7:13:22 AM

Hi, Wanted the communities advice on a build im making for a friend, He plans to one day upgrade to 2 vid cards, but here is the build, I just wanted to make sure it was all there and would function correctly with each other/have all the necessary adapters and cords (sata cables).

1 x LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
1 x XIGMATEK NRP-PC702 700W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
1 x HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 x AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
1 x Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound
1 x MSI 870A-G55 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
1 x RAZER Lycosa Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
Visiontek 900338 Radeon HD 6870 Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCIe, Dual mini-Display Port, HDMI, Dual DVI
-1 x slightly used set of peripherals

Any help would be appreciated, I just want to make sure I dont buy the wrong stuff for him
June 20, 2011 7:36:38 AM

you can go with a better hdd like samsung f3 or f4.
and please go with better brands like antec coolermaster etc for psu's
heres a good psu

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

the processor you have choose is great and will run hand to hand with the 6870 and even xfire.

go for a ram which has frequency of 1600 mhz but stil 1333 is enough.

a better ram

Good Luck!

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June 20, 2011 7:49:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (this week)

Budget Range: 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, zipzoomfly, tigerdirect

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes down the road

Monitor Resolution: undecided

My friend has this ram already lying around will the one in this post be ok
June 20, 2011 7:56:48 AM

Alright, thanks for that. Not much I gained from that, but whatever....

With a budget of $1100 (accounting for OS) and $120 for monitor, you essentially get a 1k build. For that budget, you should not even be looking at AMD! A 2500k is the way to go. Here's a lovely thread I suggest you read. Has many, many excellent builds in it: You should be able to get an idea of what you need from that.