New Build - Checking some things Pleasee :)

Here is my new budget(ish) Build, would appreciate if you could tell me if anything needs changing, or what you would change.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 Six Core 1100T Black Edition 3.30GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail
MB: Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 AMD 990X (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill RipJaw 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit
CPU FAN: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler (Socket 939 / AM2 / AM3 / 775 / 1155/ 1156 / 1366)
PSU: Cooler Master GX 650W '80 Plus' Power Supply
GFX: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ)
Case: Akasa Raptor Gaming Case - Black
DVDRW: LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM

Thanks for reading, any changes just let me know.
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  1. Is this is for gaming there would be many things i would change. I would get the Phenom II x4 965 or a i5-2500k over the Phenom II x6 1100T because both would be faster, the i5 by a lot. I would then change the cooler for the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ because at that price i think it cools better. Then the PSU, Coolermaster aren't known for the best PSU's, they are certainly satisfactory but you can get something better at that price. I think you could also find a better case. How is this?

    Don't know exactly what your budget is but this would perform a lot better in games and have better upgradability:

    Intel Core i5-2500k
    8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Gigabyte GTX 560Ti
    Coolermaster HAF 922
    Coolermaster Hyper 212+
    Antec Earthwatts 750W
    LG DVD Burner

    If you really want to go with AMD i would change the CPU, MOBO and GPU for these:

    AMD Phenom II x4 965
    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+
    HD 6870 or HD 6950
  2. thanks for the advice, and sorry didn't realise there was a template i was supposed to use. I was originally thinking of the 970 for CPU, but i guess the bigger number won me over, It was pretty dumb of me to think bigger number = better performance .
    As regard to the MOBO, would the one i posted be fine for the 965/970?
    As my budget was around £700 i was trying to cut back on the case, would the Coolermaster HAF 212 be a better suited case?
    Thanks for the fast replies and sorry for the number of questions.
  3. an amd quad core cpu is better suited for gaming compared to hex-core counterpart...
    an amd phenom ii x4 955 b.e. is the best for both money and performance...

    for motherboard you can go for this one....
    as it does come with front panel usb 3.0... and allowing support for crossfire/sli...

    as for graphics card... if your budget allows... pick this one...
  4. The HAF 912 is also fine and yes a x4 will fit that board just as well as a x6. heres that Intel build for under £700 on

    Intel Core i5-2500k
    8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz
    Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
    MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560Ti
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Corsair TX-650
    Coolermaster HAF 922
    Coolermaster Hyper 212+
    Liteon DVD Burner

    Comes just under £700, if you want to save a bit more switch the case for a 912 or Storm Scout. If you want an AMD build though swap the GPU, CPU and MOBO for:

    Gigabyte 990XA-UD3
    Asus ATI Radeon HD 6950 1GB (Don't need 2GB unless using 2560x1600 / 3 monitors)
    AMD Phenom II x4 955

    Even with the HAF 922 that comes to around £620.
  5. intel build is more recommended for gaming....
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