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Are these comonents all compatible for building a pc? Also, what do you think of them?


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Hi, I'm wanting to build a gaming PC.

my budget is about £700 (I wanted to spend £600 but I think I'll have to hurt my wallet for this one).

Here's what I have been thinking so far:

  • AsRock 970 Extreme3 Motherboard

  • Corsair TX750V2 Enthusiast Series 750W ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze PSU

  • LG GH24NS90.AUAA50?B 24x SATA Bare Internal DVD Rewriter - Black

  • Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case

  • Kingston Technology HyperX 3K 2.5 inch 120GB SSD

  • Western Digital 1TB internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue (3.5 inch)

  • Sapphire 11196-09-40G HD7950 3GB Vapox-X Graphics Card

  • G-Skill 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 2133 Dual Kit - Red

  • AMD FX6300 Black Edition 6 Core (3.5/4.1GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 6MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 95W, Retail Boxed)

I got the list from a YouTube vid but I've read some dodgy reviews regarding the motherboard.

What do you people think of these specs? I'd like to be able to play the latest games, but I'll mainly be programming graphical software (various simulations). As a developer I'm ashamed I don't know what's good (I'm sorry)

Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks :)

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Its a good spec for the price. The Asrock does seem to have a few issues but these seem to relate mainly to overclocking which I assume you wont be doing even though the black editions are made to be overclocked. Its a lot of board for the money.

You could save a little on the PSU as a 550w would suffice (minimum).

With a self build I always find it useful to get as much of the kit from the same supplier especially the processor, graphics card, memory, motherboard and SSD/HDD as, if there are any problems later, suppliers cant start blaming each other. Parts like cases, optical drives etc are add ons and can be purchased from anywhere.

I assume you have also considered the added cost of the OS, screen, keyboard and mouse?

I use Novatech as I have found their after sales service is very good but others have their own favourites.

Good luck with the build.

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Thanks for the tips, Bris.

As far as the peripherals are concerned it'll be a process of begging and borrowing. I've heard good things about both overclockers and Novatech. I guess it'll come down to who's cheapest :)

I think the Asrock will be fine for my needs if I'm honest. As you mentioned, it seems the price is quite cheap for what the board actually offers.

Thanks again, I appreciate it.

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