1.) Will the Phenom II x2 555 bottleneck the ATI 5850? I have a sucky build right now and want to play games with maxed settings.
1a) If it will bottleneck, if I unlock another core will that relieve the bottleneck?
2.) I'm also looking for a solid AM3 mobo:
3.) And the Bulldozer will be on the AM3 socket right?
I'm hoping to get nice parts for everything except the CPU. Then when Bulldozer comes around I can grab one, and maybe grab another 5850.
My Current Build:
Pentium D 945 3.4 Ghz
500 Watt Power Supply
What im looking at:
AMD Phenom II x4 555 (Then a Bulldozer)
2-3GB RAM (Will pick another GB or two when i grab a Bulldozer)
ATI Radeon 5850 (Maybe Crossfired later on)
250-500GB (Up to 1TB when i pick a Bulldozer)
500 Watt Power Supply (I might upgrade later...)
3) Not really. As of now its set to be on AM3+, which will be compatible with AM3 CPUs but not vice-versa.
Honestly, its a smart idea to grab a a Athlon II X3, a bargain basement AM3 board (like this) invest in a nice cooler (rg. 212+) and fiddle around with OCing. Then grab a HD6870 next week when it comes out. Then when BD comes out, get a nice CPU+Mobo. This way, no incompatibility, and you can change your mind if you cant wait for BD and want to get SB instead.
also id get 2x2xGB of RAM and u will be set for future builds
cuz as it is now most games dont use over 4gb ....ur PSU u will need a better one if u wanna Crossfire....also make sure your PSU is good quality u dont want it frying components.....
a Phenom II X2 can be a bottlekneck but not to 1 5850....maybe if you had 2 5850s then forsure....but the bottleneck of a Phenom II X2 wouldnt be noticeable on a 5850 u should still be able to max out most games....the diff is with it maxes youll have say like 50-60fps whereas some1 with a better cpu will have 80-90fps (which is not noticeable)
Your best bet is to post your budget and what you need there is a stickied topic to follow in the system build section