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My situation is this: the budget of this build is $450 and very tight. The CPU I am looking for should cost about $100 and I am using a dedicated graphics card (so no Llano). My question is this: in this price range, would it do me any good to wait for Bulldozer? From what I am told, the prices will start at $210 dollars. Do you think the price of, say, the 955 Black will dive as soon as Bulldozer is released?

Also, are there any budget AM3+ boards? They all seem to cost around $150 and I am looking for more around $80-$90.
    
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I would personally keep what you got righ tnow and wait and see before you do anything. As of right now we know next to nothing as to what BD can do.
 
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Also, are there any budget AM3+ boards? They all seem to cost around $150 and I am looking for more around $80-$90.
There is a good budget mobo for $112.86 shipped. It is an ASRock 970 EXTREME 4.
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Problem #1: It would be much more simple to have it done by August 28th.
It really doesn't matter how good Bulldozer is, I can't afford it for this build if the base model really is $220.
Problem #2: I have nothing to wait with. I need this computer for college and all I have right now is my brother's Laptop (which I can't use at college because I live 300 miles away).

I am not looking to play a lot of games. My GPU will be a 550TI and I am used to playing MW2 on a 9300m and T6400 Duo Core. I just want something to play all the games at medium settings and resolution for the next 2 years. My simple question is:
do you think the CPU priced at $110 when Bulldozer is released be a great deal better than the 955?

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There is a good budget mobo for $112.86 shipped. It is an ASRock 970 EXTREME 4.
That is a great deal. I have heard a lot of good things about ASRock and they seem to be incredibly cheap for the features you get.
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Bulldozer's base quad-core model will cost $190.

I say wait.
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Bulldozer's base quad-core model will cost $190.

I say wait.
My question isn't exactly referring to bulldozer. As someone who has not been on the custom building scene long,I don't know what impact a new release has on a product. When bulldozer is released in late September, will the price of AM3 CPUs go down immediately or will it take a few months? How does it work? Honestly, because of various budget constraints, Bulldozer will not be an option.

My plan essentially is to build a very cheap AM3+ system and then in about 2 years, when prices have gone down, add a second 550TI and a Bulldozer CPU. I only want to know if I will be able to do it for considerably less money after Bulldozer comes out. How are the prices of older products usually effected in the first weeks when a new one comes out? I know that with GPUs, it isn't much. GTX 460s and 5770s haven't moved too much.
    
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It depends. You can buy a Core i7 960 today for less than $300 (good deal, especially compared to when it was new). However, you can also buy a Core 2 Quad Q9550 for $300 (a terrible deal by today's standards).
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It depends. You can buy a Core i7 960 today for less than $300 (good deal, especially compared to when it was new). However, you can also buy a Core 2 Quad Q9550 for $300 (a terrible deal by today's standards).
Thanks,
How much has the old i7s dropped from when Sandy Bridge came out to now?

Yeah, everything drops eventually but I just find it hard to believe the 955 will go under $100 as soon as Bulldozer is released and $10 to $20 isn't worth the inconvenience of having to order and assemble the parts at college two months later . The Athlon II 640 is still $100.
    
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Thanks,
How much has the old i7s dropped from when Sandy Bridge came out to now?

Yeah, everything drops eventually but I just find it hard to believe the 955 will go under $100 as soon as Bulldozer is released. The Athlon II 640 is still $100.
Well the i7 950 was $300 at launch and now it's $250. However, the i7 960 was $550 at launch and now it's $275. It's kind of unpredictable.

The 955 has already dropped a ton. It used to cost $250. It's going to keep dropping until AMD is making one cent off each CPU (exaggerating).
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My oppinion is to Not go for bulldozer. I got a Awsome Bare chip Phenom 925 quad for like 70$ on newegg and its been Quite impressive. I got it at 3.8 ghz and havent had to touch anymore than 1.4v

Anyways if you wait out a year or so. theres gonna be alot cheaper alternatives + the bulldozer would drop down in price. No games will utilize all those cores
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