Which Gaming PC is the best for my money?

I found two PC builds but i don't know which PC build to go with so i need your help? Which build is best Gaming PC for the buck?

Specs: 1st Build


AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor


Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard


A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory


Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card

XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card


Thermaltake VN40006W2N White Commander MS-I Snow Edition USB3.0 Mid Tower

Power Supply

EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply



Specs: 2nd Build


Thermaltake VN40006W2N White Commander MS-I Snow Edition USB3.0 Mid Tower


Intel Pentium Processor G3258 4 BX80646G3258

Power Supply

XFX ATX 550 Power Supply

Graphics card

Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB

Hard Drive

WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive


Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory


ASRock Micro ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150 Motherboard



Note i didn't add the optical drive or the system (windows 8.1)


*Note i will be using Windows 8.1 but i didn't include the price of it
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    The first one will be better because it has a more powerful GPU and both CPUs are pretty much equal.

    However, 500W PSU for a r9 280 is I believe the minimum requirement to even run that graphics card, I recommend getting at least a 600W psu because you always want at least around 70-100W headroom so you don't burn the PSU out to early.
  2. The 1'st Solution looks to be best, as it has a better graphics card, but apart from that, all parts are about equal
  3. The first one is better bang for your buck. Are you building yourself?
  4. I suggest just using the PSU from the intel build you were considering... The XFX one is a good unit anyways.
  5. byza said:
    The first one is better bang for your buck. Are you building yourself?

    I have built a Computer before but 6 years ago, also i am building it with my family
  6. This is what i'd get for the budget.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($198.50 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $585.44
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-10 18:55 EDT-0400

    The PSU is overpowered, but it's the same price as the 650w XFX so it's an awesome deal given that it's more efficient and modular. Also the PSU will only draw what it needs to power the computer, it doesn't draw the full wattage so it will actually use less power than the other PSU's.

    I went with intel as I prefer the upgrade path with the CPU.

    As well as optical drive and OS, you will want a CPU cooler. I'd get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for ~$30.

    As a note with the case, the MS/I's front USB 3.0 does not connect to an internal header on the motherboard like most cases. Instead, it is actually a USB extension which goes through the internals of the case then you need to put it out though the back of the case and plug it into the rear USB port on the motherboard (hope that makes sense).
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