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What's the best option? Case, GPU...

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I am building a gaming computer and I already have two components - a XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO .

First, I thought in doing this build, as it would be a very good first build for gaming at my budget - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JBchFT -; I am very happy with it, only dislike one thing: the red GPU doesn't go very well in the blue themed PC. So if you know a GPU at the same performance and price level but that goes better with the blue theme, please tell me :)

But then i thought, "What if I want to put better parts in the future? I should go with Intel so a can put a better CPU later and buy a really good motherboard right now". So i got this build - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQnbTW - I like it, I would buy a cheap overclockable CPU now and a better one later. Only dislike one thing: the build is red themed and I can't find a good red themed case and this price range. I thought that I would buy red LED fans and replace the stock ones, but I don't know how, can someone tell me?

Am I making the right choice by going with the Intel build?
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card ($389.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $904.67
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-01 15:20 EDT-0400
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    Here you go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.75 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $929.63
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-01 15:25 EDT-0400

    I changed the GPU to a 770 and the CPU to an intel 4590, which is just black so it should fit in with blue, as well as a change to the motherboard since the other one didn't fit intel. You are definitely making =the right choice with an intel build. AMD basically sucks unless you're on a budget. The Pentium is not very good for gaming and if you were to get it you would not need a cooler. If you have the money, in the first build I'd go with the Asus z97-A, which is like 40 dollars more, but you definitely don't need a 150 dollar motherboard on a budget.
  3. So, Blackbird, do you think I'm better going with the AMD build?
  4. GamingSet said:
    So, Blackbird, do you think I'm better going with the AMD build?


    I'm not blackbird, but in my mind you should have AMD unless it's a budget build. I assume your budget is around 900 dollars, so your build is not very budget.
  5. Byte, your statement is contradicting, I don't know your opinion XD
    You say I should have AMD if it's not a budget build. Then you say I'm not in a budget. But in your previous answer you said I should go Intel...
  6. GamingSet said:
    Byte, your statement is contradicting, I don't know your opinion XD
    You say I should have AMD if it's not a budget build. Then you say I'm not in a budget. But in your previous answer you said I should go Intel...


    You're not on a small budget so I chose Intel, not AMD. If you were to be on a small budget, go with AMD.
  7. But I just want to go with Intel now because I want to upgrade then. So, I go with a cheap overclockable CPU to hang on until I have money for another. Do you think I should do this?
  8. GamingSet said:
    But I just want to go with Intel now because I want to upgrade then. So, I go with a cheap overclockable CPU to hang on until I have money for another. Do you think I should do this?


    I think you should get intel when you can instead of a cheap CPU now. It'll save you money in the long run.
  9. But I'll stay withut PC till then. With this CPU overclocked to 4 GHz do you think I can play games at 1080p on Ultra or High?
  10. What CPU?
  11. Intel Pentium G3258
  12. I dunno. You could play it on med-high. Not ultra.
  13. Hm ok :) Thank you
  14. No problem. If you have anymore questions, feel free to PM me.
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