Which one of these gaming builds would work better for my budget

Hey guys this is my first PC build so I apologise for any noob questions

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as the part list is figured out

Budget Range: $1000-$1200(max)

System Usage from Most to Least important: Gaming, light video and picture editing and watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PcCaseGear, CPL Online, Mwave Australia, PLE Computers

Location: Australia, Tasmania

Parts Preferences: I've been told AMD is better value for money, but I'm happy for any Intel based builds for my budget

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will mainly play Skyrim with mods hopefully on ultra and other similar RPGs such as Mass Effect 3

These are the builds I'm thinking of at the moment

Any advice or suggestion are much appreciated

Thanks in advance guys :)
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  1. I would go with build number 1 or 2. Both have MUCH better motherboards than build 3.
  2. Do NOT go with the second build, the LE version of the M5A97 R2.0 can't even really support the 8350 at stock speeds, the processor draws too much power and won't work properly. Even though it says it is supported, from what I have read over the internet and reviews it is a very bad pair. I would get the first one, it seems the best to me.
  3. Good catch. Go build number 1 for sure.
  4. What about this mobo
    Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard
  5. i would go with 1 as it has an aftermarket cpu cooler(2 no aftermarket cooler for oc, 3 bad mobo). the 3gb vram would be perfect for high ammount of mods on skyrim. seeing as the 3570k/4670k is out of your price range the vishera is a good choice and you can 0c to meet the specs of the 8350. and the psu is a tier 2 which is reliable power distribution on 12v rail and good build quality. all in all 1 is your best overall choice. beware though, you may need to flash bios on the 970 chipset to get it to run vishera architecture, make sure you do this before attempting to overclock the processor as some of the older bios enable disable core do to it not recognizeing higher/lower tdp
  6. Or this one
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
  7. listen to the voices, Build number 1 will be more stable, with better power distribution. The psu is a good one, with ample supply to the r9 280x, which is in itself a good choice. The cpu is a very reliable chip and is a good match for the mobo. Of course, this is only helped by the cpu cooler, which is decent, and will run cooler and quieter than the stock one

    The FX 990 series boards have more going for them than the 970 series, and the Gigabyte one you chose is pretty solid. If you could match that up with the Antec psu, you'd be golden. While normally I'd say go for the XFX as they are very solid psu's, in this case the 550w is spot on for the gpu requirements, leaving you little or room to breathe especially as far as OC goes. The ss650-am version would be the best choice, but you didn't name that, leaving the Antec as the best of the psu's in your choices.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.00 @ CPL Online)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-T4-18PK-R1 70.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.00 @ CPL Online)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($399.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $1175.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-03 09:29 EST+1100)
  8. Best answer
    jonoj96 said:

    i would highly suggest this buld over the other 3 as it has a 990fx chipset and the baest you can get on a am3+ socket. the power supply is also a really good choice as xfx is one of the most trusted company and the cfm on the cpu cooler is good to dissapate the heat that your vishera is going to want when you oc. all in all it is a superior compared to the other 3
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