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Is This Build Good & Will All Parts Work with eachother?

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February 6, 2012 12:40:20 PM

Specifications:

GPU- 2GB MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC, PCI-E 2.1, 5200MHz GDDR5, GPU 850MHz, 1408 Cores

CPU- Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache 95W Retail

Mobo- Asus P8Z68-V LX, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX

PSU- 600W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series GS600 CMPSU-600GUK, 80% Eff', 80 PLUS, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3

DRAM- 12GB (3x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black, DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600) Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V

Also included:

Case- Sharkoon T9 Value Red Edition Mid Tower Case inc Front USB 3.0/Audio & Cable Management w/o PSU

Monitor- 24" Asus VS247H LED Black Full HD HDMI/DVI/VGA 1920x1080, 5ms, 300cd/m², 50000000:1

Subtotal + VAT + Shipping: £805.74


More info: This is my first build, I know relatively how to build a PC, just not quite sure about the components I have chosen. I have a budget of about £800. I will be unlocking the 6950 into a 6970. CPU will be overclocked, just having trouble choosing a aftermarket CPU cooler. I do not need an OS, will be buying from shop. If it's alright, please say, though if you think anything would be slight tweaking or changing, please also state.

Thank you.
February 6, 2012 12:57:15 PM

Update.
After reading more about the P8Z68-V LX Motherboard, I've decided to upgrade to a more enthusiast board. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX.
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February 6, 2012 1:19:40 PM

Re-update.
I squeezed a couple pounds, and made my Motherboard a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4.
February 6, 2012 4:15:42 PM

It will work.

I would drop down to a 23" monitor as 24" will produce top and bottom banding in many games. Not really a problem, but it bothers some people.

Also drop the ram to 8gb(2x4gb kit). The 12gb kits were for the older socket 1366 setups. 8gb is the sweetspot for 64 bit Windows.

For the power supply, you could bump up to a 650 watt for a single card, or 750 watt if you plan on dual cards. These are more common sizes and may save a few pounds. Another brand to look for is XFX. They are of excellent quality, and currently have very good pricing as they are trying to build the brand name. Inside they are basically Seasonic which is the gold standard of power supplies. Yet another brand to look at is Novatech Black. Also very good. You may even find better pricing there on other components. http://www.novatech.co.uk/

For a cooler, the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus or EVO models are very good. I would offer caution on the ram. If that Corsair is of the tall spiked heatsink variety, it will interfere with most aftermarket coolers, including the Coolermaster.
February 6, 2012 7:11:59 PM

Unfortunately I cannot view your saved basket. See if there is an option to make it public.
February 6, 2012 7:47:47 PM

Looks good.

I am afraid I missed the video card earlier. Depending on your usage, there is little performance difference between the 1 and 2gb 6950 cards. You could save a few dollars going with the 1gb. Here is a review from a trusted source that sums it up as well as any. http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/24/amd_radeon_hd...
February 7, 2012 6:48:19 AM

I'm looking on making the 6950 unlocked, so I have no choice but to choose a 2GB version from my knowledge. Unlocking the cores from 1408 to 1536, and also overclocking it to, or even past the HD 6970.
Thanks.
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