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I started making myself a desktop computer about 8 months ago and have changed a few things out.

Mobo: GA-880GM-UD2H
CPU: Phenom II x 2 555 (running as a B55 @ 3.7Ghz on 1.45v)
Cooler: Corsair H60 in push/pull
Memory: 8GB G-Skill Ripjaws-X 1600Mhz
PSU: Corsair CX500
GPU: Sapphire 6870 Vapor-X (running 925/1195)
Case: Antec 600-2 (the original horrid version)
HDD: SeaGate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB


I intend on going crossfire with two 6870s. All I need is some decent suggestion on what motherboard and CPU I should get as all I use my machine for is gaming. Starcraft 2, Shattered Horizon, Stalker series, Diablo3 when it eventually comes out, going to be getting BF3, Crysis/Crysis Warhead.

My current motherboard is on its way out (overclocked my CPU a little too much) and now it doesn't give any sort of beeps when posting.

I am looking at getting a Corsair 600T or some other case with good cable management holes.

All you help will be much appreciated.
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Before upgrading too much, I would maybe get a bigger power supply. 500W is good enough, but to upgrade graphics or anything like that you might want a bigger PSU first, then I would probably get an SSD. But, if your motherboard does go out, get that first, and, depending on what processor you want to use, get a motherboard that supports next gen processors.
     
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Did you try unlock that Cpu yet? you should do it else buy a phenom 4 core or 6.

Wait for amd 7xxx serie or nvidia 6xx serie. A SSD would be nice if you already dont have it
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Did you try unlock that Cpu yet? you should do it else buy a phenom 4 core or 6.
Wait for amd 7xxx serie or nvidia 6xx serie. A SSD would be nice if you already dont have it

Unlocking the CPU is a good idea, if the motherboard can handle it. If the motherboard is dying and not giving post readouts, I would upgrade the motherboard, then unlock the CPU, to make sure that it is working properly.
     
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I already have unlocked my processor as it is running as a B55 at 3.7Ghz on 1.45volts. I understand that I will need a beefier psu. So from what I understand I should get a new motherboard first as primarily that keeps the entire system running. I have a budget of £100 to £150 for a new motherboard. I have already been looking at getting an SSD. Going to see what appears in the January sales for SSDs. And also around £100 for a new PSU. Any suggestions?
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I already have unlocked my processor as it is running as a B55 at 3.7Ghz on 1.45volts. I understand that I will need a beefier psu. So from what I understand I should get a new motherboard first as primarily that keeps the entire system running. I have a budget of £100 to £150 for a new motherboard. I have already been looking at getting an SSD. Going to see what appears in the January sales for SSDs. And also around £100 for a new PSU. Any suggestions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131646 Motherboard
SSD is something I'm in the market for myself, so I'm not sure.
     
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I would sell that, and go intel. rolleyes.gif
    
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IM looking hard at the momentus xt 750 gb hybrid drive. it runs around 250 usd but he is close enough to ssd speed for a fraction of the cost.
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Any suggestion on a good sli/cfx motherboard? Doesn't necessarily have to be Bulldozer ready. My maximum budget is ~£100. Or if anyone can suggest a good bundle that will be on par or better than my B55 and 880GM-UD2H mobo/cpu for either Intel or Amd. I could do with a motherboard that is good for voerclocking my cpu, as I cannot push it past 4.2Ghz and 1.5v and even then some temps get a bit gnarly.
Edited by Jonnykiv - 12/14/11 at 8:21am
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Any suggestion on a good sli/cfx motherboard? Doesn't necessarily have to be Bulldozer ready. My maximum budget is ~£100. Or if anyone can suggest a good bundle that will be on par or better than my B55 and 880GM-UD2H mobo/cpu for either Intel or Amd. I could do with a motherboard that is good for voerclocking my cpu, as I cannot push it past 4.2Ghz and 1.5v and even then some temps get a bit gnarly.

Keep the processor for now mate and go for this board - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514 (just a tad over your budget but is totally worth the extra biggrin.gif)

It's AM3+ ready so i'd advice waiting for future BD revisions as far as a CPU upgrade goes.
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