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March 16, 2011 9:35:00 PM

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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March 16, 2011 9:57:33 PM

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
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March 16, 2011 10:03:19 PM

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.
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March 16, 2011 10:06:16 PM

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That X4 840 / M4N68T-M nForce 630a seems outdated even now.
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March 17, 2011 1:28:39 AM

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.
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March 17, 2011 7:38:26 PM

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

RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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March 17, 2011 8:31:45 PM

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
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March 17, 2011 8:44:21 PM

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.
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March 17, 2011 9:01:03 PM

all the parts will work together just fine.
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March 17, 2011 9:16:08 PM

Thanks, you have been a big help!
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March 17, 2011 9:16:20 PM

Best answer selected by AgentSquishy.
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