Originally Posted by SalisburySteak;13569954
I kind of like that AMD build, but I was thinking it would be expensive to find a motherboard that supports bulldozer
Not entirely true. There are AM3 boards that are being rev'd up with sockets black-marked AM3b. I'm not entirely sure of the extent of AM3+ support on these boards, but they're being advertised to support the next generation CPUs.
Here's a build with such a board that fell just under $600 after the hard drive coupon code and video card coupon code (EMCKEHK42)...CPU+MOBO+RAM+CASE+PSU Combo (click me)
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Antec One Hundred Black ATX
Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 5830 1GB
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB
LCD: Hanns·G HZ201DPB Black 20"
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
Check the reviews for the motherboard....the current ones that ship are the Rev 3.1, which has the support (limited?) for Bulldozer CPUs. One nice benefit of this setup is that the X2 555 has a very high chance for unlocking to a quad-core...cores for free pretty much. Many have done it, even here in the AMD forums.
You can go with this build:CPU+MOBO+RAM+CASE+HDD Combo (click me)
Rosewill TU-155 II 500 with 500W PSU (PSU unimpressive, highly suggest to replace at some ploint)
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-D2P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H61
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
Same GPU, LCD, and DVD drive....under $600. The SNB i3 2100 is a fast chip in its own right no doubt...even faster than most of the AMD quads at stock speeds in games...but it is still a dual-core chip. The board in this bundle doesn't allow for overclocking either. This may or may not matter to you.Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 5/20/11 at 4:49pm