Help Me Choose Which Is Better :)

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AMD Athlon™ X2 Custom Builder (NO MONITOR)

* CAS: XION II Mid-Tower Case 350Watt W/ Mod Side-Panel Window (BLACK COLOR)
* CS_FAN: Default case fans
* CPU: AMD Athlon™ X2 7750 Black Edition Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
* CD: (Special Price)LG 20X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
* FAN: CoolerMaster Hyper TX2 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan(Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dba + Overclock Proof) [+19]
* HDD: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+5])
* KEYBOARD: Logitech Deluxe 104 PS/2 Keyboard (Black Color)
* MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
* MOTHERBOARD: Biostar TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
* NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD
* OS: NONE - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
* PRO_WIRING: Professional Wiring for All WIRINGs Inside The System Chasis with High Performance Thermal Compound on CPU [+19]
* POWERSUPPLY: 635 Watts Power Supplies [+69] (Sigma Shark SP-635W PSU - SLI Ready)
* RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
* SERVICE: Standard Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty Plus Life-Time Technical Support
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
* SPEAKERS: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
* USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
* VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB DDR3 PCI-Express DVI-I & TVO [+31]

Subtotal: $532.00

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iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 509 Athlon X2 7750(2.7GHz) 4GB DDR2 500GB NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Retail

Brand iBUYPOWER
Model Gamer Power 509
Recommended Usage Gaming
Processor AMD Athlon X2 7750(2.7GHz)
Processor Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Cache Per Processor 2 x 512KB L2 Cache
Memory 4GB DDR2 800
Hard Drive 500GB SATA II
Optical Drive 1 22X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 1GB Video Card
Audio Sound card - Integrated
Ethernet 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Power Supply 480W
Keyboard iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard
Mouse iBUYPOWER USB Mouse
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Software Included Microsoft Office 2007 [60-Day Trial]
Special Features NZXT Alpha Gaming Tower
Motherboard
Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6100
CPU
CPU Type Athlon X2
Installed Qty 1
CPU Speed 7750(2.7GHz)
L2 Cache Per CPU 2 x 512KB
CPU Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Graphics
GPU/VPU Type NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Graphics Interface PCI Express x16
Memory
Memory Capacity 4GB DDR2
Memory Speed DDR2 800
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec 2GB x 2
Memory Slots (Available/Total) 0/2
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Hard Drive
HDD Capacity 500GB
HDD Interface SATA II
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec 22X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
Audio
Audio Chipset Integrated
Communications
LAN Chipset Integrated
LAN Speed 10/100Mbps
Front Panel Ports
Front USB 2
Front eSATA 1 x eSATA (based on motherboard availability)
Front Audio Ports 2
Back Panel Ports
LPT 1
PS/2 2
Rear USB 4
RJ45 1 port
Rear Audio Ports 6 ports
Expansion
PCI Slots (Available/Total) 1 x PCI-Express x16
1 x PCI-Express x1
2 x PCI
Physical Spec
Dimensions 21.5" x 8.6" x 19.7"
Weight 32 lbs.
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited

$499.99

ALSO... will I be able to upgrade to a x3 720 CPU later with either of these same setups?
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  1. ^ no on the cpu upgrade, and if this is a gaming PC then honestly, on a $500 budget for a pre-built you aren't going to get a decent gaming PC if your monitor resolution is above 1440x900.

    but out of those two, I'd pick the 1st one since 4670 = 9600GT.
  2. I am not an extreme gamer but every now and again I might play some tiger woods golf or something... I am not going to be a die hard gamer though... Mainly, burning movies, music, downloading, internet, along with other basic stuff.. I don't plan on getting a monitor any bigger than 20-22"
  3. ok, drop the graphics card on the first build and upgrade the CPU to a Quad core as most games will play fairly well on amd's Integrated graphics.
  4. what if I got the Tri-core without a graphics card? then even if the onboard graphics arent that great I can easily upgrade later when I get some better cashflow?
  5. well, I'd get a quad core if you can afford it, but a 720 would still be a good option.
  6. The thing is... I don't plan on OC because I don't know how to do so safely. So I was thinking the x3 because its faster stock..
  7. ^ yes but you mentioned the word 'multitasking', and that loves as many cores as possible, unless you're comparing the 720 to a phenom 9x50 as the 720 will outperform them in all area's except CAD.
  8. OK well... I guess I should just hold off until I can afford a 720 build. How important is the mobo brand? If it can support the CPU should that assure me that it will be fine? Thanks...
  9. for mobo brand, most users here will recommend Gigabyte or ASUS.
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