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Phenom II build - suggestions? changes?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Brit so parts from scan.co.uk, will be overclocking, gaming machine.
Suggestions? Changes?


AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
- £114.98

Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
- £94.30

XFX GTX260 XT, 216 Cores
- £154.40

520W Coolermaster Real Power M520 Modular PSU 2xPCI-E >80% Efficiency
- £62.89

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066)
- £44.68

Xigmatek HDT-S1283
- £29.89

Antec Three Hundred
- £50.47

Total: £553.32
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post #2 of 8
welcome to the boards

looks good, but i'd change that PSU to one by Corsair or Antec. i don't trust CoolerMaster when it comes to PSU's
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post #3 of 8
Power Supply should be change.

Corsair HX520w Modular -79.95
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post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for replying. Long time browser, first time poster

Ok on the PSU, will change that to the 520w Corsair.
Any more suggestions?

also should I get some thermal paste for the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or is what it comes with fine?
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post #5 of 8

Usually its fine, but if you will be overclocking and gaming then you should try Artic Silver or OCZ freeze.

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Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
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Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
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post #6 of 8
First off, let me second iceblade on the PSU matter.

Then, my only suggestion would be to go AM3 for 2 reasons:

1) future-proof so you won't have to change everything later when you wanna upgrade and find out the hard way that staying on the aging AM2+ architecture was a mistake.
2) won't cost you that much more
3) more headroom to oc

So...

Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P 112.11£

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) 74.99£

So in total that's 43£ more than your original build, but it's future proof and should be better at ocing (saying should coz I haven't laid my hands on that mobo, but according to many threads on different forums it seems quite popular)
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, will see if I can stretch to the extra and order away.
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Antec Three Hundred 
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post #8 of 8
You could look into getting an ATI card because you would easily be able to upgrade to crossfire in the future instead of having to use an entirely different card. I suggest the 4870 1GB.
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