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.
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.
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.
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.