Fast budget build? Which is faster old or new build?

After much help from ramcrazy360, I think I've decided on building the ADM rig for my son (or me). Two questions tho, first,
Does the ADM rig fit the bill for a fast budget build? It's $513 after rebates.
Second, which is faster the ADM or old Intel build? I'm just looking for guesses here. I'm trying to decide who gets the new rig me or my 10 year old. He does light gaming. I do video processing.

AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #: N82E16819103882

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 ATX AMD Motherboard Item #:N82E16813157198

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4850 GV-R485OC-1GH Video Card Item #:N82E16814125236

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136533

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 Item #: N82E1682710628

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139008

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Item #: N82E16820231277

OLD Build;

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HD
EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
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  1. Hmm the Intel rig is on a dated GPU but with still a decent chip and do elaborate on what resolution/settings your son is gonna game on? 8/8 CFable 870 mobo and 400watter seems strange to me hehe So i take it u have a case/psu? Also no point hitting 6GB/S for traditional mechanical Hdds (different story for SSDs)
  2. I don't know how about his preferred res. I expect it'll be as high as the new Lego game coming out in the fall will allow He's got an old dell monitor that won't support much tho. He's working off a 8+ year old Dell, a P4 I think.

    I got the 400w psu figure from here;
    That site gave a recommended wattage of 398w for the ADM system. I don't think I'll add a second vid. card, if so I'll have to replace the PSU.

    I've already got a case & os for the ADM build.

    I had thought that the 6GB/S for the HD would help since the MB does have that capacity. A green or blue WD Hd would save some $. I wish I could go with a SSD but that's out of the price range for the amount of space I like. <grin>

    Is there another mobo in the $90 (ish)price range you'd recommend? I'm use to Intel systems so I'm in a learning mode with the ADM.
  3. Well the mobo is fine but i'd hit a 500w 80+ or more PSU just for a wee bit headroom for future GPU upgrades ^^ Hmm have a look/research about the Samsung F3 drives?
  4. I've swapped out the WD for a F3 samsung HD. Impressive reviews.

    Yeah the 400w PSU is worrisome. Correct me if I'm wrong, for the same system, a large PSU will cost more power($$) to run than a smaller psu? If so, that's why I was intentionally trying to keep the psu close to the recommendations. Plus there's a good combo price with the optical unit.

    So, you think the two, old & new builds are about as fast?-- don't worry I won't hold you to it! <grin> I think I'll take the ADM unit anyway, just 'cuz it'll have windows 7 on it. The old system has vista.
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    Nah the sum of hardware in a system only draws as much power it needs to keep going - so there is no worry about snagging a PSU with a wee bit of headroom. In fact coming close to load might stress and could cause the fan to nag :P Ya preety even i would say for both rigs ^^
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