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August 19, 2011 8:27:33 PM

Hello guys,

I`m trying to build my first system, which could handle gaming at max settings on triple 23" monitor setup. Games such as COD, GTA ...

So far I have three things in my shopping basket:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 3.6GHz Quad Core Processor
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/53822/HDZ975FBGMBOX/CP...

  • CCL Choice AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB Graphics Card
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/54764/2GB-RADEON-6950/...

  • NZXT Lexa S Black Midi Tower
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/41188/LEXS-001BK/Cases...

    I need help with choosing motherboard and RAM. Don`t know anything about them.

    I don`t have to buy PSU, I`ve got Arctic Pro 750W. And HDD is not required as well.

    My budget is around £600.

    Thank You.
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    August 19, 2011 8:34:41 PM

    AMD Phenom II X4 975 is bad choice! Either get the 955 and clock him to 4.0 GHz or get the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

    Now, I would give a couple more $$ and get one 6970. Ideally I would go with 2 6950s but that seems kind of impossible for that budget!
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    August 19, 2011 9:11:52 PM

    With that budget you can easily afford a 1155 2500K SB build. It would mop the floor with that AMD build you have going.
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    August 19, 2011 10:12:16 PM

    Why_Me said:
    With that budget you can easily afford a 1155 2500K SB build. It would mop the floor with that AMD build you have going.


    I don`t fancy payind double the money for brand. I know that Intel are slightly better, but they cost a LOT more.

    What is 1155?
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    August 19, 2011 10:41:48 PM

    Gled said:
    I don`t fancy payind double the money for brand. I know that Intel are slightly better, but they cost a LOT more.

    What is 1155?

    They are a lot better, not just slightly and they are affordable for your budget.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/318730-13-build#t23... <---- See that Gigabyte board on there for 99 quid? That will allow SLI.
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    August 20, 2011 4:03:10 AM

    1155 is the type of CPU socket. Its like AM3+/AM3/AM2/AM2+, but for Intel.
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    August 20, 2011 8:26:59 PM

    I`ve made two setups:


    Intel

    Spoiler
    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad Core Processor

    http://www.cclonline.com/product/44975/BX80623I52500K/C...


    Asus P8P67 PRO REV 3.0 Socket 1155 Motherboard
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/54870/90-MIBE5A-G0EAY0...


    Samsung SH-S222AL/BEBE 22x DVDÝRW SATA Lightscribe ReWriter (Black)

    http://www.cclonline.com/product/65321/SH-S222AL/BEBE/D...



    Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6950 FleX 2GB Graphics Card
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/56171/11188-00-40R/Gra...


    Kingston HyperX 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Module Kit
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/45771/KHX1600C9AD3K2/4...


    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/26515/RR-B10-212P-GP/C...





    Total £623



    AMD

    Spoiler
    AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 3.6GHz Quad Core Processor
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/44951/HDZ970FBGMBOX/CP...


    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/42630/GA-890GPA-UD3H/M...


    Samsung SH-S222AL/BEBE 22x DVDÝRW SATA Lightscribe ReWriter (Black)
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/65321/SH-S222AL/BEBE/D...


    Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6950 FleX 2GB Graphics Card
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/56171/11188-00-40R/Gra...


    Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR3 2000MHz CL10 Memory
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/55366/CMZ4GX3M2A2000C1...


    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/26515/RR-B10-212P-GP/C...




    Total £584
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    August 21, 2011 3:31:32 AM

    Everything looks good but the case in this matter. If you are going to run a Phenom II 975 and a AMD 6950 graphics card I would get a better case that can handle the cooling down part of your hardware. Look at the Coolermaster HAF 922! The 6950 runs hot if it don't have any fans pushing air on it and if your only going to use three 120mm fans total in your case your going to notice real quick how hot the card will get! Trust me I have a MSI HD 6950 with a Intel Core i7 950 OC 4.0Ghz and with the HAF 932 it still gets kinda hot.

    Like I said everything looks good but the case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    August 21, 2011 4:34:26 PM

    I don`t think the case should be an issue. It has 5 fans.

    I`ve made another setup. Things ar pretty much the same, but it`s different site and a bit cheaper.

    Quote:
    Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
    http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz...

    Asus P8P67-M PRO R3 P67 Socket 1155 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/261052-asus-p8p67-m-pro-r3-p67-so...

    XFX HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Dual Mini DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
    http://www.ebuyer.com/267907-xfx-hd-6950-2gb-gddr5-dual...

    2 x Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyperx Memory Module CL9 1.65V
    http://www.ebuyer.com/254545-kingston-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-...

    Samsung SH-S223AL 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM with LightScribe SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
    http://www.ebuyer.com/273020-samsung-sh-s223al-22x-dvd-...

    NZXT Lexa S Case
    http://www.ebuyer.com/175611-nzxt-lexa-s-case-nzxtlexs0...


    Total: £596.03


    I really like this setup.
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