Affordable system for SC2

Hi i was looking through newegg for prebuilt computers and found these two.

$710 from Ibuypower
$730 from cyberpower.

top one has amd x4 635 (2.9ghz) and 1gb of hd 5770.
bottom one has phenom II x4 955 (3.2ghz) and 1 gb of 9800 gt

other specs are the same.
I've heard that SC2 is relies more on the CPU than on the GPU. but i'm not sure which one to pick.

Which one's better for the price? if you have any suggestions tell me please!
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    I'd recommend building it yourself. You'll save money, get better quality and have a better machine. Check out some of the horror stories from those vendors to get an idea of what can (and likely will) go wrong. Here's what I recommend in the $700 range (with an OS):

    CPU/PSU: X4 955 and OCZ ModXStream 700W $175 after rebate w/ $10 gift card
    Mobo/OS: ASRock 770 Extreme3 and Windows 7 $165
    RAM: GeIL 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9 $77
    GPU: HD 5770 $135 after rebate
    Case/HDD: NZXT Gamma and Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $80
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

    Total: $650

    You can swap in the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 (with OS) for $50 more to get a very high quality board and the ability to add a second GPU in Crossfire down the road.
  2. I do want to build a new computer, but I've actually never tried yet.
    My worry is that I might not be able to deal with the BIOS.
    or plugging little wires that has to do with LEDs or fans. I've opened up couple of computers, but this will be the first time to build the whole thing by myself...
    I'm just little bit worried because I might screw things up...
    will the building part be easy enough for a newbie like me?
  3. It's pretty easy. There is no wrong way to put the parts together. Just read some guides and watch some videos and you'll be just fine. There are plenty of resources online to help you out.
  4. Best answer selected by qmg760.
  5. I like this build...can you find another case combo instead though? Not a fan of the Gamma
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