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$600 Gaming PC, 1st Build, Need Help

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August 24, 2013 11:27:06 PM

So I have an AMD and an Intel build and I have been doing a lot of research and trying to figure out which is the better one for what I'm paying for, over all fastest, etc. These are the 2 that I have really liked so far, maybe somebody can help explain the difference so that I can figure out if my own analysis is correct? I would be willing to go over budget if certain parts bumped up are just worth the value but would like to stay close to the 600 mark, this is with out monitor, keyboard, etc. Thank you Tom's geniuses!

To me I like the first build more, but I could be wrong, the 3GB video card in the first one seems nice, but heck I'm pretty noob at this so I dont even really know.

1st Build
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $604.42

2nd Build
CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P (Ivy Bridge): 3.1 GHz Base Clock Rate, 3.3 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB Shared L3 Cache ($180)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3: LGA 1155, Intel Z75 Express ($85)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL ($30)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002: 500 GB, 7,200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive ($60)
Video Card: HIS H785F1G2M: Radeon HD 7850 1 GB ($165)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 ATX Mid-Tower ($34)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 400C 400 W ($30)
Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Burner 24x SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS ($16)
Total: $600

3rd Build
CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($242.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $635.89

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August 25, 2013 12:00:17 AM

i5, 7950, and maybe upgrade the ram in the future. this is a good base.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vYzo
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vYzo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vYzo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($16.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $608.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 02:58 EDT-0400)


if i were to choose one of yours for myself it would be number 3 with a 760

word on the street is that 2 760's are comparable to a titan. i would double check that and its probably not across the board but a 760 is similar to a 670, maybe just under which was a $350+ card a couple months ago.
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