$1200 gaming build comparison

Hey all! so i'm stuck between the two... and i'm not sure which is better in terms of gaming.
both are around the same in price, and if you think i should splurge a little and get a better component let me know (: thanks for looking.

for both of the builds, i couldn't find the case i wanted on there. so i just added that in at the end and it comes up to about 1200 flat.
(pc1, this is the one im leaning towards tell me what you guys think)

I already have the OS (windows 7 home premium) and monitors ect...
Which do you guys think would win in a face off? which is better in terms of gaming and daily use? would you change anything? thanks a lot guys!

(ps, let me know if the links work. first time using pcpartpicker)
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  1. Cant go wrong with either. But if i were given the choice i would go with the Intel setup. from what i have been reading way better benchmarks and better performance with Overclock. Also that board will be Broadwell ready when those CPU's and new video cards are released hopefully come nov or early next year.
  2. Build 2.
  3. Honestly, they will perform the same. The 290X is faster than a 780 in 80+% of benchmarks, but the i5 scores better than the 8350 in a number of benchmarks. So they will perform just about the same.

    BTW you should not get a 290X, it's only 5% faster than a 290 and much more expensive. Here's what you should do: get the i5 and a 290 and have a faster computer than both of the ones you have listed for the same or lower cost :)
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    BAM, I just saved you a ton of money and made you a faster computer than either of your builds all for under $1000

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 KILLER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($359.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $996.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 15:52 EDT-0400
  5. Excuse me, let me reword that--the 290 beats the 780 in 80% of benchmarks. It's not 80% faster lol...words...
  6. I agree, build 2.
    The cpu is vastly better, and more people are happy with the GTX780 than with R9-290X
    I will never again build without a ssd for the "C" drive. 120gb at least.
    with 240gb, defer on the hard drive until you need more room.
    Samsung EVO is my pick.
  7. More people are happy with the 780 than the 290X? Where did you pull that BS statistic from? The reference 290's were the only ones with issues, and they still performed flawlessly they were just loud. Aftermarket 290 and 290X's are FASTER than a 780 in 80+% of benchmarks and is the best selling high performance graphics card of 2013-2014.

    Don't listen to this guy...when somebody just makes things up like "more people are happy" they are not to bes trusted.
  8. wow thanks everyone! wasn't expecting such fast replies! i really like your build @S4in7.
    With that id be able to get a SSD! Ill keep all your inputs in mind when i buy all of this!
  9. Go for it :) It'll be a beast!
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