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Got the base line for my gaming rig, advice?

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June 11, 2012 1:08:03 AM

Hey everyone.

With my birthday round the corner I was thinking about buying all the parts and building my own gaming PC. Right now I have a rough idea about the components I want for my £500 budget:

Asus M4A97 Pro Motherboard £73
AMD Phenom II Quad Core CPU £89
Sapphire Vapour-X Radeon HD 6850 GPU £122
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB Kit RAM £41
WD Caviar Green 1TB HDD £67
OCZ ModXStream 600W Power Supply £55

All these are from http://www.jamdup.co.uk

So I was gonna run this by you guys, what do you think, and what input do you have? Like can I get these cheaper elsewhere, or do you have cheaper alternatives, and what do you think should change?
June 11, 2012 1:10:08 AM

First, what is the model of that Phenom, and is it BE?
Secondly, you don't need that PSU unless you want to xfire in the future.
June 11, 2012 1:19:05 AM

Merueth said:
First, what is the model of that Phenom, and is it BE?
Secondly, you don't need that PSU unless you want to xfire in the future.


Oops, sorry, forgot to stick that in. Its a Phenom II X4 965, and what do you mean BE?
Good point, do you have any ideas for alternatives?
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June 11, 2012 1:30:03 AM

Merueth said:
BE=Black Edition, which means it has an unlocked multiplier, letting you overclock it more.

I would go for this PSU, again assuming you will not crossfire in the future.
http://www.jamdup.com/index.php/components-9/power-supp...


Yes it is Black Edition, and I will be overclocking it quite a bit.

That does look good yeah, I'm not intending to go crossfire but you never know. My only reservation with that one is whether the 500W will be enough.
June 11, 2012 1:33:51 AM

The CX series is not as high-quality as the rest of Corsair products, but will still deliver 450 watts, which is the requirement for the 6850. However, even with everything overclocked, your entire computer will probably never even come close to 350 watts, so I wouldn't be worried.
June 11, 2012 1:44:12 AM

Merueth said:
The CX series is not as high-quality as the rest of Corsair products, but will still deliver 450 watts, which is the requirement for the 6850. However, even with everything overclocked, your entire computer will probably never even come close to 350 watts, so I wouldn't be worried.


Okay, thanks a bunch, that should save me some dosh!

Just got another query, about the GPU. Even though I'm under budget, wouldn't mind dropping it and that is the highest pricing thing on the list. Are there any cheaper equivalents to the Radeon HD 6850 out there that I'm not seeing?
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