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.
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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