Please Help to FINALIZE my $600 Bulldozer Build

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


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:

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Yes on stock cooler

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am firm on Bulldozer


CPU: $115
AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ Socket AM3+ 95W Retail Box

Motherboard: $91

RAM: $38
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual

GPU: $120
XFX Radeon HD 6850 Fansink 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Display Port

HDD/SSD: $146
Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB

PSU: $32
Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT650 ATX 12V 20/24PIN Power Supply

DVD writer: $16
Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

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  1. 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
  2. Thanks for the advice

    Will a 430 W PSU work? I used the Newegg Power calculator and the system uses 410-420.

    This psu is only $35
    Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
  3. 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.
  4. I don't think it's going to use that much more power.
  5. calculate the power you think you'll need, then add 50 volts. Always play it safe.
  6. 50 Volts... what? :lol:
  7. 50 Volts or Watts?
  8. 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 .

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

    CX430 it is!
  10. 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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