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Old June 11, 2010, 05:21 AM
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Hello all @ HardwareCanucks.

I'm hoping to build a new gaming pc within the near future and need some advice on components from experts!

Currently I have:
Corsair 550W PSU
Asus 1GB 5850
Antec 900 case
Titan Fenrir V2 heatsink (air)
500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Windows 7 64-bit OS
Samsung SH-2223C DVD/R
AMD Phenom x4 955
4GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHz (may need to be changed to 1333MHz depending on motherboard compatibility)

I'm currently undecided on which motherboard to include - basically because I have no idea which; previously I had an Asus M4A79XTD included.

The total of the above items is £779.23 - I would like to stay below £900. So there is about £120 for a motherboard unless there are components you think I should include.

I doubt I will be overclocking and I know that if I were to upgrade to CrossFire then I would need a more powerful CPU.


Would be much appreciated if you could help me on this subject,
Thank you.
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Old June 11, 2010, 06:20 AM
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You may want to consider an alternative for ram, as the corsair are expensive. Money saved from that could allow you to buy a larger psu if considering crossfire at some point. As for mobo, I like Asus, so anything with next gen usb/sata would be my choice. Good luck with your build and enjoy.
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You may want to consider an alternative for ram, as the corsair are expensive. Money saved from that could allow you to buy a larger psu if considering crossfire at some point. As for mobo, I like Asus, so anything with next gen usb/sata would be my choice. Good luck with your build and enjoy.
Thanks for your input. Could you list a good Asus or Gigabyte motherboard you would recommend?

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Old June 11, 2010, 07:09 AM
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Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 w/ DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Dual Gigabit Lan, USB3.0, 1394, PCI-E, CrossFireX at Memory Express Computers

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Old June 11, 2010, 07:14 AM
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M4A89TD PRO/USB3 . This is with the newest 890 chipset. A bit more money, but has the usb3 and I believe is capable of supporting the 6 core with a bios flash, a better board overall. I have never owned a Gigabyte board, though I've considered them a few times. Friends have said to stay away from Gigabyte, but I think this is based on older boards. Maybe someone with more expertise could weigh in here. Again, good luck with the build.
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If you plan on doing crossfire at some point then get an 890FX board (dual PCIe at x16). Otherwise probably stick with 890GX. Gigabyte and ASUS are good brands.
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go for the fx, killer board. used their ddr2 counterparts quite a bit
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Another vote for the 890FX. I also would recommend the Xigmatek S1283 HSF. I had one on an E8400 that was clocked at 4.20GHz and now I have the Xigmatek Dark Knight on an i7 920 clocked at 3.60GHz. I also detest working in the Antec Nine Hundred but maybe that's just me. I found that it was to cramped and the case pulled in to much dust and pet hair. If you want a bigger case for an affordable price check out the Coolermaster 690.
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Another vote for the 890FX. I also would recommend the Xigmatek S1283 HSF. I had one on an E8400 that was clocked at 4.20GHz and now I have the Xigmatek Dark Knight on an i7 920 clocked at 3.60GHz. I also detest working in the Antec Nine Hundred but maybe that's just me. I found that it was to cramped and the case pulled in to much dust and pet hair. If you want a bigger case for an affordable price check out the Coolermaster 690.
Very helpful. I've tried to take everyone's opinions into account.

It's either a Gigabyte 890GX or an Asus 890GX motherboard,
a Corsair 550W or a Coolermaster 550W,
and a Xigmatek Dark Knight or a Titan Fenrir.
If the Coolermaster 690 is a large case then I shall go with that.

Both rig prices are under £900 with Coolermaster PSU (which is around £20 cheaper than the Corsair). Is the CM GX 550W unable to power CrossFire configurations?

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