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January 25, 2012 10:11:31 PM

My mate asked me to post his proposed new home built gaming rig and see what people think. and how it will perform. I have an almost identical system except my CPU is an AMD Phenom II x6 1055t.
Asus M5A78L-M LX AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard
AMD Black Edition Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache
HIS HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
Antec 450W PSU - 120mm Fan VP450 4x SATA 1x PCI-E
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9
Benq G2220HD Full HD TFT LCD 21.5" DVI-D Monitor
Xenta Black Mid Tower Case with All Black Interior - 12cm Blue LED Front Fan

Looking to play games such as Skyrim and Deus Ex: Human Revolutions at medium settings with 40+fps.
Opinions would be greatky appreciated. :D 
January 25, 2012 10:17:38 PM

I would recommend an AM3+ board with a 970 series chipset . It will be a better long term option .

Pay for that by dropping to a 955 phenom which can be overclocked to 975 levels [ and beyond] with a simple BIOS change
January 25, 2012 10:20:45 PM

Ok do you have any motherboard suggestions?
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January 25, 2012 10:32:37 PM

I can save £25 by getting a 960 x4
January 25, 2012 10:38:29 PM

I like the Asus board a lot but the Gigabyte is also good and a bit cheaper

http://www.ebuyer.com/271787-gigabyte-am3-amd970-4xddr3...

This cpu is a phenom x6 with two cores disabled
http://www.ebuyer.com/311396-amd-960t-black-edition-3-0...
It should overclock to Phenom X4 975 speeds easily , and saves you a lot of the price difference in the mb's

Id recommend the even cheaper FX 4100 but each thread is weaker than a phenom so it probably wont perform as well in Skyrim which Toms reports only uses two threads
January 25, 2012 10:50:00 PM

Well the 960t is only £8 more than the fx 4100. If the 960t is better then it may aswell be bought I guess?
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