Ah, good spot about the motherboard Django I was a little wary because of how cheap it was. If I were to downgrade the CPU a little to a hex-core maybe and then spend the extra cash on a better motherboard would that increase the gaming potential?
Also I need the after market cooling for the CPU I've chosen, because of how beasty it is!
Oh and the PSU comes with the case, it's more than enough voltage for this rig!
The GTX660 is faster than the 7850, various manufacturers support different clock rates so performance may differ a little to that shown in the benchmark but from what I've seen the GTX660 is clocked higher most of the time so that will still give it better performance. I haven't used an Ati card in years but people say their drivers are much more optimized now but I keep reading about people still having problems with some games, like Dark Souls when it arrived for PC for instance. I've been using Nvidia cards from years and the drivers are kept more up to date imo and you get physx options which barely any game use but Borderlands 2 use of it was pretty cool.
As for the CPU its hard to say if it will be future proof. AMD's design didn't live up to expectations and their performance doesn't match that of intel's current offerings. But the PS4 specs were announced and it will be using and 8 core AMD CPU so I like to imagine the the future of gaming will be more optimized for AMD cpu's than Intel but that is just me hoping, I wouldn't like to see AMD go out of business anytime soon, even though I haven't bough anything from them in years.
I don't see a PSU on your list! Also, if you're planning on heavily overclocking make sure that micro atx board is capable of doing so and that your PSU isn't one of those generic things that come with the case. You don't need a vast amount of wattage like 600w for your setup but at least make sure its good quality.
As for the aftermarket cooling, I would suggest you only buy it if you're planning to heavily overclock your CPU. If not then it would only be a waste of money as the stock cooling is more than adequate even for some light overclock.
While an 8 core chip is great if you do a lot of multi threaded tasks I have yet to see that many games really take advantage of >6 core architecture , examples of games off the top of my head ... Civ 5 perhaps ... and some games have downright poor multi-thread support so still favouring big quads games such as WoW or LoL
You can pick up a 7850 for £125.68 so its quite a big saving , and even in PURE synthetic testing the 660 only beats it by around 3-400 passmark's which wouldn't really translate into any real game performance once the 7850's over-clocked that margin will be very thing indeed and they are known for being very decent over clockers :-)
there are lots and lots of threads on the 7850 vs 660 all over the net but , but the 7850 reminds of the old ATI 5770 its a real mid range contender.
Presumably the Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card is better then the GTX 660?
Does anyone know the benchmark?
The only thing I would change is the monitor back to my one
Oh it's there, I would still like the 8 because I plan on having this for a good 3 years?
I would go with the asus mobo, since it's at the same price and it supports 1600 mhz and beyond that.
I couldn't find it in pcpartpicker, but it's there in amazon co uk, i'd get the asus Asus M5A97 R2.0.
The motherboard won't increase the performance, but it's wise to go with a decent one like the asus one, i wouldn't recommend downgrading more the cpu(in relation to the FX-6300), the FX-6300 is the sweet spot.