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June 6, 2011 9:35:37 AM

Hello,

I am building new gaming pc with a 6 core 3.2 ghz amd cpu, 16GB ram, 600w psu. but i need some advice on what graphics card to buy, so far it all costs £950 and i need two graphics card that will take the order cost to just under £1100 or maybe just one graphics card to take it to the same price. please can i have some help on which graphics card/s i should get, btw i am not fussed between Radeon or Nvidia

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a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 9:48:51 AM

Just to let you know, no games actually use all those cores, so it's a little pointless unless you're going to be using heavily threaded applications like Adobe CS5 or AutoCAD. Also, 16GB of RAM is pointless, it's far too much for a gaming rig. You'll be better off with a 2 x 4GB set of sticks. Giving you 8GB in dual channel mode. That will be more than enough for a very long time to come. As far as the CPU goes, try moving over to an Intel I5 2500K, it will give far superior clock for clock performance than the six core phenom.

My advice is to do those thing's i've mentioned above and come back to us with a revised budget and a full set of specs for your computer. You only have £150 for a GPU which won't get you massively far, especially considering the potential power of the rest of your rig.
June 6, 2011 10:00:13 AM

thanks for the quick reply i have now changed the spec, and the full spec is as follows

Case
COOLERMASTER CM STORM ENFORCER

Processor (CPU)
AMD PHENOM II X4 965 (3.40GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION

Motherboard
ASUS® M4A79XTD EVO: DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II, 2 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 4GB KIT)

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT

Power Supply
600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)

Processor Cooling
COOLIT ECO A.L.C (ADVANCED LIQUID COOLER) (£49)

Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO

Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

USB Options
4 PORT USB 2.0 EXTERNAL HUB + 6 USB PORTS

Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)

Monitor
IIYAMA E2473HDS 24" LED WIDESCREEN, 2 x HDMI/DVI-D HD 1920x1080 (£169)

all comes to £836 budget is still £1100
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a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 10:07:32 AM

Are you building this yourself or is it coming made?

I suggest not using that PSU, get one from a reputable manufacturer like Corsair or Antec. I also suggest you remove that liquid cooling, it will add nothing to your build that a decent air cooler couldn't do, like the Prolimatech Armageddon, or the Titan Skalli if you're after something smaller.

Change that Hard Drive to a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or a WD Caviar Black (1TB naturally).

Also, you can get a 24" 1080p monitor for much cheaper than that, you're getting ripped off there.

Anyway, for £260 you can get something like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-radeon-hd6970-pc...(x16)-5500mhz-gddr5-gpu-880mhz-1536-cores-dvi-mhdmi-mdp

The 6970 is a really powerful card and will serve you well.

Seriously though, consider the changes i've suggested above.
June 6, 2011 10:20:24 AM

I agree with griffolion.Go for the intel processor he mentioned(the amd you choosed it's ok too)get a little bit more powerful power supply like a 750w or something near this wattage and an other brand(like corsair,ocz,pc power and cooling,coolermaster,bequite).As far as the graphics card goes look for the 6970 or a gtx 570 those two are on your budget.Ohh i forgot the cooler,yes buy a nice aircooler like a noctua nh-d14 or bequite dark rock pro.That was my advice the best thing for you is to look around the internet for reviews and then pick what fits you best.
a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 10:26:36 AM

There appears to be a lot of advice given about the build in general here and not specifically for graphics cards. I suggest this thread be taken to the New Build section in the Homebuilt forum as you'll get much more help regarding a new build there.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum-13-322.html

June 6, 2011 10:32:28 AM

its coming premade from www.pcspecialist.co.uk, i will take into account your comments and adjust the build accordingly thanks for all your help
a b U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 10:49:39 AM

I guessed as much. Try going over to www.scan.co.uk and look at their pre-made systems. They are of much higher quality than PC Specialist.
June 6, 2011 4:13:14 PM

yeah but to get the same spec as on pc specialist i have to fork out an extra £100. although the free overclocking is good its just not worth the limited choice, i am yet to find a case on scan that i actually really like
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 10:46:05 AM

If you can't find a case on Scan then you won't find one anywhere, they have the best choice. And you give the extra money for the higher quality parts they put into the computer alongside the more professional assembly service (seriously, i've watched one of the builders put one together and it's like watching a sculptor at work).
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:26:13 AM

Griffolion last time i heard you were jumping off a bridge? are u back from the dead?
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 1:32:07 PM

dhicks19 said:
Griffolion last time i heard you were jumping off a bridge? are u back from the dead?


I forgot that I knew how to swim, instincts kicked in. You can guess the rest...
June 8, 2011 3:17:38 PM

just wondering are liquid cooled graphics cards any good in specific the AMD 5870?
a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 4:24:45 PM

Have you considered Novatech, Overclockers UK, or DinoPC? They all offer pre-built systems, system bundles/barebones, and I believe all three will custom-assemble a PC per customer request. Just some additional options to consider for pricing comparisons.

If I were building a new system right now with that budget, I'd go with a Sandy Bridge build. Specifically, I'd lean towards a P67 or Z68 motherboard with an i5-2500K CPU. As far as graphics, I'd go with a 6950 or GTX560-Ti. Possibly one of these:
From DinoPC: http://dinopc.co.uk/shop/pc/-b-NEW-b-Sandyvore-i5-OC-4-...
From Overclockers UK: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS... (though I'd probably ask if they would use a HS/Fan instead of the Corsair H50)
Those are just two systems to consider as a frame of reference.

Considering your budget is around £1100, a water-cooling setup is very likely beyond your price range.
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