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Budget Llano Hybrid Crossfire Build

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March 4, 2012 2:14:54 PM

Hello. I am going to be building a budget Llano PC. I want to play games like battlefield 3 multiplayer on medium settings and civilization V. I would also like to be able to play the next couple of generations of bf games and all total war/rts games for years to come. Here is the list:

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: £500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing web, MS word

Parts Not Required: I need everything.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Well known UK sites.

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: AMD Llano A8 3870k, ati hd 6670, this case: (I require bling)

Overclocking: The Llano I will OC to 3.57ghz.

SLI or Crossfire: Hybrid CF with llano and 6670

Additional Comments: The case needs a window and lots of bling.

My current part list:

CiT Mars Case @ £30

Xilence Xilent Blade Socket 775, AM2, AM3, AM2+ Heatpipe CPU Cooler @£17

Amd Llano a8 3870k @£86

Amd hd 6670 (don't know which version to buy or where to buy)

320gb HDD (again do not know where to buy)

Optical drive: @£15

Power supply: @£40

Windows 7 @£55

Monitor: I am really stuck here. I'm not sure what resolution to get or what contrast ect.

RAM: I am told the Llano functions best on 1886mhz RAM but I think 1600mhz will do. I am also unsure which make is best and whether or not my MB will support it.

Thanks in advance for any help!
March 5, 2012 2:48:15 PM

Should I go with intel? The only reason I first decided to go amd in this build is because I wish to overclock this system and to do that with ease on an intel machine i would need at least an i5 2500k and a p67 mobo which would be way way out of my budget considering that I need an OS and a monitor in that price as well.

The other reason why I'm thinking AMD is because I have a slight soft spot for them. ;)  I suppose I would get a better upgrade path with lga 1155 but I am still unsure.

Anyone get any ideas on the 6670, RAM and monitor? This is what I came up with:

That comes in significantly lower that my budget(without GPU). I count around £360 if you include the odd p&p charge. Should I discard the LLANO part altogether and get a phenom x4 and am3 motherboard? Should I just use the money saved to get a 6870? Please could you help me as I am really stuck!

March 8, 2012 4:45:09 PM

I think I have got my final list. Is is all compatible? Am I getting good 'bang for buck'?

CiT Mars Case @ £34

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 - Processor cooler - ( Socket 754, Socket 775, Socket 939, Socket 1156, Socket AM2+, Socket 1366, Socket AM3 ) - aluminium - 92 mm @£17.67

AMD A-Series A8 3870K Black Edition Quad-Core Processor (3.00 GHz, 4MB Cache, Socket FM1, 100W, Radeon HD6550D, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed) @£86

Kingston 1600MHz DDR3 Non ECC CL9 hyperX BLU 4GB DIMM Memory Module @£18.80

Sony 24x Internal DVD Rewriter - Black @15£

Sapphire 11192-12-20G HD6670 Graphics Card (1GB, GDDR5) @£70

Windows 7 @£55

Asrock FM1 A55M-HVS (µ/GBL/R/V/DDRIII) @£34

Hannspree 19" LCD PC HD Monitor TV HDMI, VGA, 2ms Football @£55

Blaze Wired Laser Gaming Mouse Red Snake Effect @ £12

Total: £416.47

I think I will go with that.

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March 8, 2012 5:10:56 PM

Couldn't help but notice that your listed CPU cooler does not specifically mention it supports socket FM1. You might want to verify that before ordering it.

-Wolf sends
March 8, 2012 5:17:12 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Couldn't help but notice that your listed CPU cooler does not specifically mention it supports socket FM1. You might want to verify that before ordering it.

-Wolf sends

I read somewhere that all coolers for am3 were compatible with fm1.