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Build change help

so i came here awhile ago looking for a build that would be good for my needs and was given a good one, but i have changed some of the recommended parts, i've looked through every part details and they all look compatible with each other and the motherboard to me, but since i'm new i would like a professionals assurance.

heres my current build i plan on buying:
AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - $115

Graphics: 2 x Radeon HD 6950 (will be crossfired) $540

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFi $130

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black $110

hdd 2tb $190

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB $155

RAM: 2x team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) (buying 16gb)$72

Heatsink+Fan: CM Hyper 212 EVO $35


extra fans:
3 x 120mm fans 75$:
the case comes with these 4 fans but only ones got led's, these fans are a replacement for the 3 non led fans.

Total: $1595

will these parts be compatible with everything else?
also, will this build run games like mw3 and bf3 on high, and future games coming out in the next couple years on high or atleast good enough where there won't be lag?
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    I would highly recommend getting a 7970 instead of 6950 crossfire. the performance is similar, no crossfire issues, the 7970 has a "free" 15% overclock, and you can add a second 7970 in a few years. buying old cards to crossfire doesn't make sense when the new ones are out
  2. yeah that makes sense and ill probably get that instead and do as you said, buy another one in a couple years since the reviews say it maxes every games, however the interface for the card says PCI Express 3.0 x16 and the motherboard says pci express 2.0 x16 and pci express x1 so im assuming that card will not work with the mother board, or will it?
  3. I agree about the GPU, go with the new stuff. Same price, similar performance, and better future upgrade-ability. The rest of the build looks solid though (though I would ask that you look into the 2500K, but perhaps you did already, I just don't like the idea of you buying a card that is getting axed by the manufacturer).

    I recently purchased the Evo, and found the stock fan to be surprisingly loud compared to my older Zalman (still quiet, but I figured that a low RPM 120mm fan would be quieter than a 96mm fan). I replaced the fan with 2 Enermax $11 fans I found which are super quiet. They are not much on air flow, but with 2 it is sufficient to keep my 2600 at a max of 32*c when under a full load, and some cores never went past 28*c which is better than the single stock fan. But then again, I am SUPER picky about system noise, so you may not have this problem:
  4. im not sure what you mean by axed, but i looked at a intel sandy bridge 2500k and had that picked out originally until i decided to switch to an amd build, i've decided to get that gpu but one things im not sure about is that the gpu interface says pci express 3.0 x16, but the motherboard says pci express 2.0 x16 and pci express x1, so i'm not sure if the gpu will work with the mobo or not, let me know if it will work or not because im pretty new to building pc's. if it's not compatible would you provide me a link to the same gpu that will be compatible.
  5. the only difference between PCIE 2.0 and 3.0 is 3.0 has double the bandwidth. so 2.0 x16 = 3.0 x8. the 7970 is designed to PCIE 3.0 specs but it can't actually use all the bandwidth of a3.0 x16 slot. its more if your stuck running it in an x8 slot, and for future higher bandwidth cards. it will do fine on 2.0 x16 slot, and since that board has 2 of those you will be able to add another on the same board later
  6. okay thanks alot man it looks like this is gonna be my build when i get the money, if nothing new comes out that i like before i get the money :)
  7. as for getting axed phenom II will stop production soon. but by the time you would upgrade bulldozer/piledriver/whatever should be decent and goes in an am3 socket
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