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I am still quite new to building a desktop as I had been using laptops for years for gaming. Of course, laptops seem to get outdated and outperformed very quickly so I got fed up.

Here are the specifications of the gaming rig that I am going to build

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz with 6MB L3 cache
Graphic Card:1XGigabyte 1 GB AMD 6950 OC edition (might want to flash with 6970 bios)
RAM:1X4GB DDR3 1333 Kingston RAM
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-770T-D3L
HDD: 1 tTB Hitachi SATA (7200 RPM)
Chasis: Cooler Master 430
Power supply: Cooler Master Extreme 550W
Montior Res: 1920x1080

Can anyone tell me whether there will be any bottlenecks and whether i can flash the Gigabyte 1 GB 6950 to become a 6970. Is the power supply also sufficent? How is the performance gain from a 6950 to a 6970?
Edited by aarontan95 - 7/29/11 at 11:38pm
post #2 of 9
Yeah, only unlock a 6950 to 6970 if the 6950 has 2GB of VRAM.
post #3 of 9
Looks great, no bottlenecks.

I would suggest getting 2x2gb sticks of ram instead of 1x4gb.

(So you can run dual-channel)
Edited by amdcpu4life - 7/29/11 at 11:35pm
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Agreed, get 2 X 2 DDR3 1600 minimum

If you surf through the OCN market place you might be able to score a good deal on some of the parts
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Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0 View Post
Yeah, only unlock a 6950 to 6970 if the 6950 has 2GB of VRAM.
At this point, I'm fairly sure even the 2GB models do not unlock. I believe AMD changed the PCB.
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post #6 of 9
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How is the performance gain from a 6950 to a 6970?
post #7 of 9
You would be better off with a 560ti
And a seagate or corsair power supply.
And most certainly dual channel ram, 1600mhz minimum.
and then an asus motherboard with at least a 6+2 power phase design.

Asus M4N98TD-EVO

Also gives you SLI for future proofness without breaking the bank

A good 600W or higher will allow you to SLI 560's in the future.
Edited by ThirtySixNights - 7/29/11 at 11:45pm
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post #8 of 9
2x2GB of DDR3-1600 usually costs less than everything depending on where you are. Not only is it usually the better deal, but you will get both the better DDR3-1600 performance and the significantly better dual channel performance. You may end up bottlenecking your high end 6950 otherwise.

You will want overclocking-ready gear (i.e. aftermarket cooler, motherboard with better VRMs) so you don't bottleneck the GPU.

That PSU is not very good either... there may or may not be a better deal out there, but that'd depend on where you are buying and where you are willing to buy.
post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThirtySixNights View Post
You would be better off with a 560ti
And a seagate or corsair power supply.
And most certainly dual channel ram, 1600mhz minimum.
and then an asus motherboard with at least a 6+2 power phase design.

Asus M4N98TD-EVO

Also gives you SLI for future proofness without breaking the bank

A good 600W or higher will allow you to SLI 560's in the future.
Why a 560 ti? That GPU gets worse benchmarks.
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