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I think I have my ideal system nailed below. But I realise this is a bit heavy on my budget and want to see where I can possibly save some money.

I`m thinking the motherboard and monitor would be two great places to start. I was just wondering if you guys have any suggestions as to what motherboard I could choose instead?

I just want to ensure it it future proof, supports crossfire and can be overclocked, as I plan to upgrade the CPU sometime later and overclock it to increase the overall performance.

PC Usage: Video Editing and Gaming. Need to be future proof motherboard with overclocking abilities + crossfire support.

CPU: i5-2400 (Getting it at a heavily discounted price!)
Motherboard: AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - £106 / $171
HDD: SanDisk 120GB SSD SATAIII - £70 / $113
Graphics Card: Sapphire 6870 1GB - £132 / $214
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 700W - £65 / $105
Memory: Corsair 8gb 1600Mhz - £36 / $58
Monitor: Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM 23” IPS - £177 / $287

As you can see the GBP overall amounts to more than what I can get in the states on newegg, but that is unfortunately the pain of living in Europe :*( I`ll be buying all of my items from amazon.co.uk to save on shipping (Shipping from UK to Malta).
Edited by MrHangingPants - 9/17/12 at 1:44am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330 motherboard. Same price, might as well get the better chipet for better overclocks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051 Power supply 80 dollars then 20 dollar rebate. More than enough to run crossfire/sli along with all the connectors. No adapters required.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121 Check out these SSDs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208780


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102998 I would get this video card and OC it for maximum performance.
Edited by Quesoblanco - 9/17/12 at 1:43am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Quesoblanco View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330 motherboard. Same price, might as well get the better chipet for better overclocks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051 Power supply 80 dollars then 20 dollar rebate. More than enough to run crossfire/sli along with all the connectors. No adapters required.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121 Check out these SSDs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208780
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102998 I would get this video card and OC it for maximum performance.

Motherboard: Yer comes out to be exact same price here as well. Good one, but thinking I can reduce the cost around £35 on the motherboard, lower end but should still be able to serve my purpose? Desperate to save costs to buy a new rig.

PSU: Comes in £30 more expensive here, but a damn fine PSU!

Graphic Card: If I could opt my spending I would as well, but unfortunately I`m limited right now as I also just bought a house. Will ensure motherboard has Crossfire option so I can buy a cheap 6850 later and link them up, thereby improving overall performance drastically.
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I am considering the "Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H" (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4143#sp) but I am having trouble finding reviews on this mobo online and therefore not sure regarding it´c overclocking abilities and also concerned regarding it´s crossfire support at it only has 16x and another slot though only running at 4x.

Any thoughts or experience here anyone can share?
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I`ll be getting the LG IPS monitor instead, this saves me another 60GBP, but preferably I am also able to find a cheaper motherboard. Any suggestions guys?
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