Budget Llano Hybrid Crossfire Build

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: http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Mars-Tower-Gaming-Display/dp/B004UET8GO/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1330876098&sr=1-1-catcorr (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!
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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
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