Budget Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: In 2-3 Weeks

Budget Range: 800$-980$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required:Monitor,OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

I am Confused With These 2 Builds
Buiding My second Pc For Playing Mafia 2,Gta 4 at High-Max Settings
Pls Help

Intel Build

Cpu:Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

MB:ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer with NF200 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131594

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Hdd:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Gpu:EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Psu:COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171052

Total:970$

Amd Build

Cpu:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

MB:MSI 790FX-GD AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223

Ram:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Hdd:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Gpu:MSI R6870-2PM2D1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127530

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Psu:COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171052

SSD:Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)(For Booting)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233122

Total:985$
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  1. Typically at such low res of 1440 x 900 and with your healthy budget i would hit a nice 23" LCD as well hehe Else a single HD 6850 (with option to CF) would already by overkill IMO Also make the wrong choice in SSD and you'd be dissapointed @@ 32GB even for just boot/OS seems too small but hit a 60GB Sandforce based one?

    For AMD side of things

    Items off Egg
    $570


    955BE $140 Free Ship
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HDZ955GMBX&title=AMD-Phenom-II-X4-Processor-955-AM3-Retail-Black-Edition


    Optional Items

    60GB Sandforce based SSD $115AR Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    Scythe MUGEN-2 Rev.B cooler $34
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MUGENB&title=Scythe-SCMG-2100-MUGEN-2-Rev-B-5-Heat-Pipes-CPU-Cooler

    Review
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2535-16.html


    Total with all options taken up $859AR
  2. I'd go with the amd build with some changes.
    First I'd get the amd phenom 2 955 with a hyper 212 plus.The difference is minimal as a change of the 955's multiplier makes it a phenom 2 965 and it can be done just by changing a number.As an alternative you could get a phenom 2 x6 1055t which would be more futureproof.
    Next for the motherboard,get the asrock 870 extreme 3.It has usb 3 and sata 3 which the mobo you chose lacks.
    Change the 6870 model to this as they are the same in terms of performance.
  3. +1 @Batuchka. On that resolution, get a HD6850 at most (a HD5770 would do), or a GTX460 if you care about PhysX. If you're thinking of upgrading your monitor to 1920x1080 any time soon, then a HD6870 OR, get the cheapest HD5770 but plan to sell it along with your old monitor, and wait for HD69xx or whatever high end comes out this month.
  4. AMD 955BE.
    and also, follow & read my Signature. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
  5. I'd go with Batchuka's build but add the 23" Acer monitor 1920x1080 on sale for $139.99 (Price good thru 11/8).
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