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A build ready for bulldozer

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm quite new here. I have been doing research about components as a guest for a while now, but I think it is time that I seek actual advise to help me in refine my build. The reason I am building a computer is for school so I don't have to use my old laptop or my dads computer (which is currently set as my rig).

Here are the current specs, my budget is around $1400. All prices are what I found, I live in Australia so components need to ship there.

MOBO: MSI 890FXA-GD70 $200 AUD ( will buy AMD 990FX Crosshair Formula V when released)

CPU COOLER: Corsair H60 $70USD

GPU: HIS Radeon HD6970 2GB $340 USD

CASE: Fractual Design R3 $145 AUD

MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 $48 USD

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition $138 AUD (will change to bulldozer when it is released)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $88 AUD

PSU: Corsair TX-650 V2 $90 USD

OPTICAL DRIVE: Samsung 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive $84 AUD

KEYBOARD: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard $94 USD

MOUSE: Mionix Naos 5000 $99 AUD

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TOTAL: $1396
Edited by Ooimo - 5/30/11 at 4:31am
post #2 of 13
Unless you're in an enormous hurry, my recommendation to you is to wait for Bulldozer to actually come out. That way you can also get an actual AM3+ motherboard with the 990 chipset and all the goodness that comes with it.
I also see you have prices in USD in your list... do you know www.pccasegear.com.au ? It's apparently Australia's Newegg, and they should have all those components for you.
Edited by Shub - 5/25/11 at 5:56am
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply!

Yes most of the components listed are the prices from pccasegear.com.

I'm not sure what chipset will fully support bulldozer (and whether 890fx is capable), so I'll put the motherboard on the list as something to change.

Do you think that the other hardware is a good choice though? I heard ram needed to be at least 1800mhz or something.
post #4 of 13
I'd say everything looks good overall. I wasn't aware that Bulldozer may require DDR3 1866 and was going to be like "naaaah" but the Wikipedia article on Bulldozer actually suggests you may be right Truth is I don't know, but I do find that shocking. It may drive down the prices of those faster DIMMs but at the same time they are 40-50% more expensive than DDR3 1333... Not sure that was a great idea.
On the PSU, you certainly don't need 750W -- consider that a good 450W unit can run that system perfectly fine, with room to spare. And if you were planning on adding a 2nd 6970 later on, a good 650W unit would be perfect.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks again!

I'll edit the list with a 650w psu because I plan to upgrade later on.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Bump, i need feedback on the GPU. Will the cpu cooler be suffient for major overclocking
post #7 of 13
It's one of the best air coolers, of course it'll do don't expect any miracles from a Phenom II X4 though.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
I was tossing up between that and an h70
post #9 of 13
Personally I hate those humongous air coolers hanging off my motherboard, so I would definitely recommend a Corsair Hydro series cooler. I have the H50, if I were getting a new one it'd be the H60 because the retention mechanism of the H50 and 70 is just obnoxious.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok ill get h70 then. Thanks.
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