Is this a good start for a gaming build?

I was going to buy a phenom II X2 555 and hopefully unlock it's extra cores, but I saw that deal on Microcenter that bundles a CPU with a mobo. I got a Phenom II X4 965 w/ IMSI 880G-E45. For $205, it was a steal and I couldn't pass it up. However, the only like I'm not convinced over is the IMSI mobo. I don't know what IMSI is. When I google the board it says MSI, but Microcenter calls it IMSI. It's still an amazing deal. I could have got the Phenom II X4 840 with a cheap mobo for $108. If I were to do that, I would just upgrade in like a year to the Bulldozer. If I keep the 965, I won't want to upgrade for at least 2+ years, more like 3. Which would be a better start, the 965 or the 840 w/ early upgrade to Bulldozer? I'm not overclocking if that makes any difference.
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  1. it is an MSI board, just a typo on Microcenter's part.

    I'd keep the 965 which will be a solid gamer for a couple years, then replace with whatever replaces Bulldozer, or an Ivy Bridge in 2013
  2. The motherboard I was going to get with the 840 was an Asus M4N68T-M V2.

    I think you're right ScrewySqrl, I just needed some assurance that I was doing the right thing. This is my first build after all so you can never be to safe.
  3. I think you'd be able to re-sell the X4 965 / MSI 880G-E45 a lot easier when it's time to upgrade.
    That X4 840 / M4N68T-M nForce 630a seems outdated even now.
  4. So the 965 will have an overall better performance that justifies the extra $50-$100? I'm going to see a huge difference anyway with the CPU I have now whether I choose the 840 or 965. Also I didn't really have any plans to sell the parts when it's time to upgrade.
  5. Okay I think I have my build all mapped out, unless there is something really good in Fry's add tomorrow.

    CPU- Phenom II X4 965 BE

    Motherboard- MSI 880G-E45



    Difference is the first is SATA 3.0gb while the second one is SATA 6.0gb


    I'm not quite sure what the difference is and which one is better.


    GPU- Radeon HD 5770 or Twin Frozr GTX 460

    I'm trying to go as low as possible without sacrificing a lot of quality.
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    no reason to get SAT 6.0 GB mechanical hard drives. they're really no fastre than SATA 3.0 GB drives.

    the difference in teh PSUs is the first one is 80+ Bronze, which means its more efficient than just 80+, and usually higher quality parts. Its also on sale from $79.99 to $64.99 through Weds, its the better buy right now.

    of your two choices, I'd get the GTX 460
  7. Okay that's good! So I will get the 80+ Bronze PSU and the first SATA 3gb hard drive. I hope everything is compatible with each other and will fit together. How can I tell if they will?

    Also, are there any other parts that I will need so that the computer will run? I'm not going to get the GPU immediately since the mobo has a GPU in it. I just want to have the computer up and running.
  8. all the parts will work together just fine.
  9. Thanks, you have been a big help!
  10. Best answer selected by AgentSquishy.
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