Need opinions between two gaming builds

After doing tons of research and getting help from people in the forums here at TH I have narrowed my choices down to two, with minor but I deem significant differences. I am still open to opinions/suggestions as I have not bought anything yet.

Build 1:

CPU and Motherboard:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler


Samsung 22x


ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers


Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


TOTAL: $1531.80

Build 2:

All the same components as the last build but the following will be different:

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive



TOTAL: $1504.81

I have a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive I have from an external enclosure that I will be throwing into the case as well for added storage.

If you could please look over and suggest which one is a better "bang for the buck" that would be greatly appreciated. Like I said, there are a few but major differences in the build such as RAM and GPU and HDD/SSD.

Also, I am open for suggestions for replacement parts or a total new build along the same guidelines as these above. I am not trying to spend more than $1500-1600.

Thanks in advanced,

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  1. 100% build two
  2. graphics is way more important then ssd
  3. I would go with the SSD for sure, nothing speeds up a system like an SSD. However if it was my money I would spend a little more and get the 80GB Intel drive:

    Use your green drive for data. I hear good things about the ripjaws.

    As for the video cards, flip a coin. the 5870 will obviously be faster, but is it $70 faster? Plus that particular card seems to have some negative reviews lately, could be a bad batch. When someone says, "large paperweight" I tend to take notice.
  4. +1 on Build Two

    Better GFX, Better Ram

    For my taste, $$$/performace just isn't there yet for SSD

    you could drop a few bucks if you went with this CPU/MOBO combo:

    CPU: Athlon II 440 - $75

    MOBO: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $150

    That saves ~ $145 if you wanted to stick with the budget in mind... (you'd be a few buck over the $1600 limit)

    Intel X25-M - $215
  5. So what 5870 would y'all reccomend instead of the XFX one?

    I've noticed that some have higher core and memory speeds, is that something I need to look at when purchasing, even if I plan to OC it?
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