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New Pc build looking for opinions and suggestions

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October 10, 2011 6:48:16 PM

hi everyone looking to build a system just want some opinions as everything seems so close in performance. the system going to be used for gaming, watching films, listening to music and general day to day. Roughly £1000 budget.

CPU - AMD Phenom II 955 (gonna use a h80 and overclock)

Motherboard - ASUS Crosshair Formula V (mainly thinking for the dual X16,X16 and the bulldozer support)

Ram - 8Gb Mushkin radioactive 1600Mhz (little bit of overclock room not looking to push it majorly)

Graphic Card - Sapphire 6950 toxic (its got the beef :p )

Sound Card - ASUS Xonar D2X (I prefer music quality over anything else so no need for a gamer card)

PSU - Corsair HX850 Modular (should be enough even with 2 toxic's unless my maths is that bad)

Monitor - 27" Asus VE278Q LED HD

Thanks in advance :D 
October 10, 2011 7:02:47 PM

The motherboard does come with built in audio and it can be quite good , unless you are so into sound quality there might not be a need for the extra expense of a seperate sound card. That particular motherboard has a SupremeFX X-Fi 2, 8 channel chip on it. Just a thought.
October 10, 2011 7:05:00 PM

Looks good to me. Enjoy
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October 10, 2011 9:52:06 PM

thanks for the info did a little reading on the onboard sound chip. Think I might leave the Xonar off at first and see how i get on with the supreme.
October 10, 2011 9:54:25 PM

Better performance with a i5 2500k, unless you are really into the whole AMD thing =/
October 10, 2011 10:56:55 PM

ares640 said:
Better performance with a i5 2500k, unless you are really into the whole AMD thing =/

he'll probably upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out
even though he should probably wait until it does, and save money by not buying 2 processors
October 10, 2011 11:05:13 PM

morgoth780 said:
he'll probably upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out
even though he should probably wait until it does, and save money by not buying 2 processors


Well, I really don't see the point in building a new system only to spend another $200-$300 replacing a part a few months later.. I build mine to last at least 2 years without upgrades.
October 10, 2011 11:06:46 PM

ares640 said:
Well, I really don't see the point in building a new system only to spend another $200-$300 replacing a part a few months later.. I build mine to last at least 2 years without upgrades.

exactly, so he should probably wait until bulldozer comes out, or switch to an i5 build
October 10, 2011 11:08:26 PM

morgoth780 said:
he'll probably upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out
even though he should probably wait until it does, and save money by not buying 2 processors

What if BD is a complete flop ?
October 10, 2011 11:10:11 PM

Why_Me said:
What if BD is a complete flop ?

which is why he should wait until it actually comes out, and then switch to an i5 if it does
October 12, 2011 11:27:48 AM

thanks for all the ideas. I've put together an equivalent intel system with a 2500k and i've looked at dropping the monitor to a 24". With the changes no matter which way i go i can fit a GTX 580 into the build which is immense. Not looking to build until december time anyway so i've got plenty of time cheers for the help. :) 
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