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October 10, 2011 4:58:32 PM

Case - Silverstone raven RV02-W

http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/index.php?...

PSU - Corsair HX850-ATX

http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units/professional-...

Motherboard - Asus Crosshair formula V 990FX

http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/Crosshair_V...

CPU - AMD 955 Black Edition

http://www.amd.com/uk/products/desktop/processors/pheno...

Ram - 8Gb Mushkin radioactive 12800 (1600Mhz) 7-9-8-24

http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Radioactive/997006.aspx

Graphics Card - Sapphire ATI 6950 Toxic 2Gb

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

Monitor - Asus VE278Q 27" LED

http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VE278Q/


I already have a 1Tb HDD and a solid state I've salvaged for the build so no worries there. Just wanted to get some general thoughts about how well anyone thinks this will run and if they can recommend any changes that will suit me better. This would be mainly used for playing Games, watching films and listening to music. I plan to eventually run 2 graphic cards, and a better 7.1 sound card in the lower expansion slot.

Thanks in advance Everyone :D 

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October 10, 2011 10:06:56 PM

i would get a cheaper case/mobo/ and video card and get two 6850s. i see what your doing with the easy to overclock/mod items and i like it! im assuming this is on a 1080p setup?
October 10, 2011 11:15:18 PM

If you really like the case, keep it. The mobo is expensive but thats why people go AMD, for the mobo's. Why not grab the PII X4 980? Its clocked higher and OC's to 4.2GHz. 2GB GPU isn't going to benefit games much. Its more for video/image editing. 8GB memory modules are going pretty cheap these days. Why not grab 8GB?

I would drop down to a 24 inch monitor and grab a really nice one for the price of that ASUS monitor. Dropping down to 24 inches you could grab the 6970 with no problems or stretch to a GTX580
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October 10, 2011 11:40:08 PM

^I agree on the monitor. 24" is pretty nice. With a $200 VW246H or similar (there are many similar ones), you could bump way up. However, I think you'll run into CPU bottleneck problems if you go 6970.
October 11, 2011 7:53:54 AM

i've just realised i've written 4Gb on the ram thanks for pointing out the flaw. I'm running 7 64Bit ultimate. hmm i'll do some repricing today see where i get. the monitor looked half decent for a good price if anyone can recommend a good 24" I'd happily take a look.
October 11, 2011 12:05:34 PM

nagol567 said:
i would get a cheaper case/mobo/ and video card and get two 6850s. i see what your doing with the easy to overclock/mod items and i like it! im assuming this is on a 1080p setup?


the motherboard just has the dual x16's without dropping them in dual 8x 8x mode; so if theres a cheaper board that does the same then that would be great. i can see the apeal of the twin 6850's but i want to be able to push the system for longer than getting 2 of them now will last.
October 11, 2011 12:05:43 PM

nagol567 said:
i would get a cheaper case/mobo/ and video card and get two 6850s. i see what your doing with the easy to overclock/mod items and i like it! im assuming this is on a 1080p setup?


the motherboard just has the dual x16's without dropping them in dual 8x 8x mode; so if theres a cheaper board that does the same then that would be great. i can see the apeal of the twin 6850's but i want to be able to push the system for longer than getting 2 of them now will last.
October 11, 2011 12:21:52 PM

nagol567 said:
i would get a cheaper case/mobo/ and video card and get two 6850s. i see what your doing with the easy to overclock/mod items and i like it! im assuming this is on a 1080p setup?


the motherboard just has the dual x16's without dropping them in dual 8x 8x mode; so if theres a cheaper board that does the same then that would be great. i can see the apeal of the twin 6850's but i want to be able to push the system for longer than getting 2 of them now will last.
October 11, 2011 2:36:08 PM

kajabla said:
^I agree on the monitor. 24" is pretty nice. With a $200 VW246H or similar (there are many similar ones), you could bump way up. However, I think you'll run into CPU bottleneck problems if you go 6970.


I dont think the bottleneck would be all that bad. The 955 isn't that old and its a pretty decent quad. I have one in my other machine and I can say it does the job nicely and for less money. The Crosshair IV is significantly cheaper and not much different. They didn't change much from going through 790, 890, 990 to be honest.

A really nice Gigabyte board that is much cheaper with everything you could want. Gigabyte makes better boards for more money but nobody needs anything greater.

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 11, 2011 10:46:01 PM

st4rwind said:
the motherboard just has the dual x16's without dropping them in dual 8x 8x mode; so if theres a cheaper board that does the same then that would be great. i can see the apeal of the twin 6850's but i want to be able to push the system for longer than getting 2 of them now will last.

For the moment, even with quite high-end cards, you don't need x16. x8 won't bottleneck you.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/23/gtx_480_sli_p...
That article shows negligible differences at all but crazy-high multi-monitor resolutions, when much more data needs to move.
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