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June 4, 2010 11:54:30 AM

I'm thinking of getting the Bulldozer CPU when it comes out. For the time being I'll go with this as It's pretty cheap.

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 440, Rana, Triple Core, S AM3, 3.0GHz, 1.5MB Cache, HT 4000MHz, 95W, Retail - £65
RAM: G.Skill Trident 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - £94
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, AMD 890GX, S AM3, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1866(OC), USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID - £104
Hard drive 1: 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM - £56
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 Quiet CPU Cooler for 478, LGA775, LGA1366; AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+ and 940 - £39
Case: Coolermaster HAF 932 Black, High Air Flow Tower Case w/o PSU (New Version) - £108
PSU: 1250W Enermax Revolution85+ PSU, 91% Efficiency, 8x PCI-E 6+2P, 16xSATA, 6x12V 104A, PeakPower 1500W - £225

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June 4, 2010 11:58:12 AM

^ Nice build...but I dont see the need of the 1250W PSU...
And 932 new revision?? Is it the HAF X ??
June 4, 2010 12:01:18 PM

Thanks :p 

I'm really thinking about future proofing here and with a 1250W PSU that'll be enough for an uber build.

I think the HAF 932 (New Version) is just the regular HAF 932.

How much would I be able to overclock the Athlon?
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June 4, 2010 12:12:17 PM

^ Uber build ? 4 graphic cards??? and that too with a 890GX mobo ??

As for the overclocking, with a good aftermarket CPU cooler say a CM Hyper 212+, you will be able to reach 3.8GHz...and if a good chip, then maybe even 4GHz...
June 4, 2010 12:14:41 PM

What wrong about the 890GX chipset?
June 4, 2010 12:24:38 PM

890GX would only suit at the max 2 graphic card setup...And when using a 2 ard setup, I dont see the need of a 1250W PSU...That is the reason why...
June 4, 2010 12:36:58 PM

What PSU would you recomend?

A few questions about Bulldozer.

Will there be a new chipset coming out with the Bulldozer processors?
Is there any news of roughly how much they could cost or when they are coming out?
June 4, 2010 12:44:18 PM

For a PSU, I would recommend at the max 750W-850W PSU - assuming you would use 2 cards like HD 5870s...
My pick would be from Corsair/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ PCP&S/ Antec TP series...

And as for the chipsets, initial BullDozer CPUs would be AM3 compatible
And there are still no confirmed reports about a new chipset...but am sure there will be one when they launch BullDozer or the later revisions of that chip...

As for the cost, being an AMD CPU, the max I would expect is about the same price as the new 6-core X1090T or less...

And are you planning to change your mobo as well when it comes are planning to reuse ??
June 4, 2010 12:54:28 PM

If it is the same cost as the hex cores they I think I will buy a new mobo.
June 4, 2010 1:03:12 PM

^ Well if you are planning for a new mobo later, then why not check out the 870 series ? as a temporary solution, they should work fine...
June 4, 2010 1:08:56 PM

I might get a cheaper CPU as well, as I'll only be using it for less than half a year.

Changed the PSU to 850W Corsair CMPSU-850HXUK, ATX, EPS12V, Modular, UK Version - 7 Year Warranty for £135
June 4, 2010 1:20:49 PM

^ Well if you will be using the PC just for regular task and that too just for half a year, then stick with the cheapest Tri-core + mabye even the older 770 chipsts should do...
Keep it as cheap as possible...
Just get a good case and a good PSU as you can reuse them in that build...
June 4, 2010 1:21:53 PM

^^ Dint refresh...
That PSU is a very good PSU...cant go wrong with that one...
June 4, 2010 1:32:45 PM

Is this processor OK - AMD Athlon II X2 240, Regor Core, Socket AM3, 2.8GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 65W, Retail.

And chose this mobo for £50 - Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2, AMD 760G, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, MATX, VGA.
June 4, 2010 1:51:36 PM

^ Those should do fine...
June 4, 2010 2:15:33 PM

What cheaper RAm would you recomend?
June 4, 2010 4:20:41 PM

I might get the intel sandybridge CPU's if they arn't that expensive. How much are they going to cost roughly?