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1st Build [AMD] - Opinions please!

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September 27, 2012 12:12:45 PM

This is my first personal build, I went for cheap AMD. What you guys think? Any add or subtract ? Please I wanna hear your opinions

CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz

MOBO:Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ 7.1 Channel Audio ATX

RAM:Corsair Vengeance Performance Memory Module 8gb (2x4gb) Ddr3 1866mhz

UPS: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular PSU -135mm Fan

GRAPHICS:Sapphire HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Dual Mini DisplayPort

CASE:Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window

DATA:Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache

BOOT: Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD - SATA-III 2.5" - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s 85K IOPS

All together comes to £523.41 everything picked from you can view list online:

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September 27, 2012 1:03:57 PM

Everything is fine except for the PSU. I would personally go for Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic and Silverstone PSUs, they have much better quality.
September 27, 2012 2:04:45 PM

OCZ PSUs are okay. Especially the ModXStream series.
Get a 1600MHz and save yourself some cash. You won't notice a difference in performance.
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September 27, 2012 2:07:27 PM

AMD CPUs work differently when it comes to RAM speeds. :D  He would notice about a 10% performance increase from 1600 to 1866, but that isnt much.

I still dont trust OCZ lol. Never recommended/used one.
September 27, 2012 2:11:21 PM

Ah, never knew that. Thanks for the info. (:
I've been looking at PSU reviews recently and found OCZ is a reliable manufacturer.
September 27, 2012 2:20:28 PM

He should be good then. :D 
September 27, 2012 4:18:01 PM

Thanks guys!!! , Don't think I will downgrade RAM. 10% decrease in performance is enough for me to say "No-No". But I definitely change the PSU then.

Also I was thinking wouldnt Bulldozer be better? because mostly I would be doing Video Editing and maybe minimal gaming. I heard that Bulldozer its really good for editing because of it "shared resources in cores". But Bulldozer is inrease in price so for first build I guess I stick to that :) 

Thanks again for great responses!
September 27, 2012 9:43:16 PM

Bulldozer is meh. Phenom II all the way bro. :D 
September 27, 2012 10:14:10 PM

bulldozer never get better i have same AMD CPU as yours
i play bf3 on ultra with xfx 7850 DD
September 27, 2012 10:19:42 PM

The extra RAM speed only makes a real difference when you are looking at the APU's. The Phenom 2 is not an APU. That build is solid btw.
September 28, 2012 8:26:56 AM

bak0n said:
The extra RAM speed only makes a real difference when you are looking at the APU's. The Phenom 2 is not an APU. That build is solid btw.

I dont think RAM speeds only matter for APUs, and will continue to believe that unless you give me proof. :D