Need Advice! sub$1000 Intel Homebuild vs. AMD Combo

Hey Guys,

So, I'm trying to build a performance PC on a $1000 budget. I'd really like that to actually be between $700-850. I'm stuck between two different builds right now, one AMD and one Intel. I'm far more familiar with Intel, but could be talked into AMD if the performance was equivalent and the trade-off was not too bad.

I'm looking to do mid to high-end gaming, general computer stuff, and work with large database files.

Approximate Purchase Date: within two months

Budget Range: 500-1000, probably around 800.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Database work, gaming, surfing the internet/emails.

Parts Not Required: OS, Monitor, DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

RAID: Maybe - in the future.



APEVIA X-TELSTAR-JR G-Type X-TSJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-N460OC2-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK
This is especially subject to change. 1.5v vs. 1.65v and 1600 vs. 1333 is the main discussion here

Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse


Phenom II X4 965/GTX 460 SuperCombo

First Build w/rebates (Intel):

First Build without mouse:

AMD Combo w/rebate:


Thanks in advance for all your help!
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  1. Check out this sticky.
    It has the info about the difference between the CPU's.
    It all depends on what you want to do with your new machine. If just surfing and some Office work, go with the AMD, But if heavy gaming is in the future, The Sandy Bridge is a slight advantage. I have an ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO USB3.0 w/ amd Phenome II 965 and two Saphire HD 5700's and it rocks. But I had gaming in mind when I bought and amount of spending power I had. So look at everything you will possible do with the new build and if just for everyday use, go with the AMD setup.
    Hope this helped.
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