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Please Help to FINALIZE my $600 Bulldozer Build

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November 17, 2011 4:57:34 PM

Hello all,

How does my bulldozer build look? I am dead firm on FX-4100 (Even if you tell me how Phenom II 955 or I3-2310+ is faster) BULLDOZER!

Thanks for the advice :D 

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Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight

Budget Range: 600 Before taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet surfing, movies, games, other

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Yes on stock cooler

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am firm on Bulldozer

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CPU: $115
AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ Socket AM3+ 95W Retail Box
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64407

Motherboard: $91
ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63715

RAM: $38
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57869&vpn=KH...

GPU: $120
XFX Radeon HD 6850 Fansink 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Display Port
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=63985&vpn=HD...

HDD/SSD: $146
Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57869&vpn=KH...

PSU: $32
Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT650 ATX 12V 20/24PIN Power Supply
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58896

DVD writer: $16
Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45667&vpn=SH...


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November 17, 2011 6:12:54 PM

Like Intels sandy bridge processors you should be using lower voltage RAM.

1.5 volt or less .


That power supply is junk . There's a little red switch on the back to change the input voltage . Quality power supplies detect voltages and digitally adjust the outputs . Thats called " Active PCF" and you shouldnt use a psu without this . Modern processors need more stable voltages

This psu is good and still budget
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=49495&vpn=ST50F-ES&ma...
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November 17, 2011 7:14:31 PM

I think the cx430 should work fine for that specific build.

I'm using a sandy bridge i3 and a 6870 and I haven't noticed any problems so that should work.

But your processor will use a bit more power then the i3 at full load and that gives me second thoughts on recommending the cx430.

A safer bet would be the cx500.
November 17, 2011 7:16:22 PM

I don't think it's going to use that much more power.
November 17, 2011 7:50:22 PM

calculate the power you think you'll need, then add 50 volts. Always play it safe.
November 17, 2011 8:10:35 PM

50 Volts... what? :lol: 
November 17, 2011 8:11:37 PM

50 Volts or Watts?
November 17, 2011 8:34:35 PM

The CX 430 will power your system well . Its a good psu and it it has the currents you need .
Here they are using an Fx 4100 and a Radeon 6950 which uses quite a bit more juice than the 6850 and only drawing 226 watts maximum .
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/15/

If you ever upgrade the graphics card you would need to replace it though since it only has a single pci-e power connector and more powerful cards need two
November 17, 2011 9:03:42 PM

Yea Im just going to stick with one card, no SLI or CF

CX430 it is!
November 19, 2011 7:06:19 PM

While using a cx430 and a adapter you can power a card with two 6 pin power connectors. That's what I'm doing with my 6870.
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