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Cutting Costs w/o Bottlenecking Preformance

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I am currently preparing for my first build from now till September 21st, my birthday. I want to create the best computer I can, but I'm on a limited budget. On some things, I am not willing to compromise preformances, I am going to buy a Phemon II x4 365-375 (3.4 Ghz - 3.6 Ghz non-overclocked) processor (I Really want a 375 only so I can try to overclock it to 4 Ghz) and a rough $200 preformance ATI graphics card. I have a CD and DVD drive, and an old $70 sound card. I have tried to cut down the cost of all other essential components, and I can't keep it under $1100 without bottlenecking the whole thing. I have tried really hard at lowering the cost of ram, the computer case etc, to the point where I found 8gb of ram for $60 total and a computer case for $50 and seen some very good motherboards for just over $100. However, I'm still looking for a cheap but, overall, great motherboard. Any and all advice is welcome and will be taken into account from people with more experience than me in terms of buying parts and building computers.
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for that prices...i would just build a sandy bridge 2500k or wait for the bulldozer.
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post #3 of 6
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Will the bulldozer have a higher bus speed than amd's other processors?
Edited by Hordie - 6/4/11 at 1:32pm
post #4 of 6
It is the 965-975 and not 365-375, firstly.
Secondly, get the 955.... it's also a black edition so can reach 3.4-3.6Ghz with the bump of a multiplier; it also overclocks not much differently, for a much lower price.

Bulldozer will use the same 200Mhz base clock (bus) speed.

Honestly with $1100 you have a huge amount of room. I used to (even when prices were higher) configure $1100 AMD builds with no less than a Phenom II x6, video card in the class of a GTX 560 Ti, decent case and PSU, solid state drive, and decent cooling solution for overclockability.
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Yeah, I'm buying parts this September, so if I wait I can get a bulldozer or the 975 for a lowered price. My personal choice would be the bulldozer though if they offer versions with better values. Secondly thanks for the info and advice xd_1771. Thirdly, the thing is though I have to buy a 1080p monitor to fully use my build and windows 7 to use it in the first place. At total those two things can cost $300 minimum ... I hope prices lower so I don't have to do tons of chores.
Anyways, since The Bulldozer is coming this summer, should I get one in September???
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Yes, do indeed get one in September. I'm pretty sure even the cheaper FX-4110 (4-core model) will be an improvement over most any Phenom II and suitable for everyone.
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