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post #1 of 10
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I've just brought the HSI 6870 and it will be put in with the build in my sig.
I know i need an upgrade but can't go too high so i've done this - the CPU is just temp until the new BD comes out.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Socket AM3+ - £177.87 inc VAT
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache - £91.25 inc VAT
G Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333mhz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V - £47.18 inc VAT

and this is what i should be getting Tuesday (Already ordered)

OCZ 500W Mod XStream Pro PSU - 2x PCI-E 6x SATA
HSI 6870

Then once i have this build i'll get another 6870 and Crossfire them. That's pretty much top of my budget i picked the CH V Formula since i've heard good things about it and it looks quite nice. Can this be improved?
    
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Personally I like the Sabertooth or the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 but the CHV is exactly what you get for 177.

As for the CPU if it's just temporary for now maybe look into getting a Phenom II X2 or an Athlon II X3, you save yourself 30 quid with the X3 and could unlock to 4 cores or save yourself 13 quid and get the 560 BE (I'll use OCUK for reference, check other stores like Scan, Ebuyer, Aria, etc.):

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=6&subcat=1328
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=6&subcat=1945

I'm not a fan of the OCZ PSU's but they're alright, I think you can get better than that though. I'm really a fan of Antec and whatever other companies Delta OEM's for as well as Corsair and CWT's rebrands/OEM's. It's too late now but just for reference in the future, it's not bad or anything but honestly you can get better than OCZ PSU's.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...23&subcat=1088
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...23&subcat=1084
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An i3-2100 + LGA1155 would destroy that 955 in gaming.
    
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If you're looking to save a little money you can always try http://www.lambda-tek.com/
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Thanks Armor i'll take a look at the CPU's you listed as a cheaper options and thanks mib having a look now but i'm really set on the CHV!

MinitroN thanks for the info but i'd rather stick to AMD as said the processor is only something temp
    
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post #6 of 10
your shopping at ebuyer?? this ram 264750 (quickfind) cheaper and 1600 instead 1333 and same timings.
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your shopping at ebuyer?? this ram 264750 (quickfind) cheaper and 1600 instead 1333 and same timings.
Yeah that's where i do most of my shopping they are pretty good never had any problems Thanks for that btw
    
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The Redcoats probably know more sites than me but be sure to check scan.co.uk, aria.co.uk, and ebuyer.com to find best prices.
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post #9 of 10
ive never had problem either, waiting get my chv rma'd.
post #10 of 10
Definitely could be better. There should be DDR3-1600 kits available for the same price. This will allow for better bandwidth, RAM overclockability (which 1333 CL9 just can't provide), and bus clock overclockability (again 1333 CL9 can't provide/will hold back)
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