Which PC Build is the best? (Version 2)

This is Version 2 of my question.

I'm looking to build a PC for gaming (at MAX settings) and some Photoshop/Dreamweaver work. I have pre-configured three types of desktops. Two being AMD, and one being Intel. Also, I don't plan to upgrade anything for a while, so I won't be going for the new AMD "Bulldozer" CPU's, and FOR NOW, I am not going to be overclocking anything, until the near future.

I plan to also, use crossfire in the near future. Lastly, I don't want to spend over $720.

1. AMD Config - Price: Around $680 after rebates
- AMD Phenom II X4 970 (CPU)
- GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 (Graphics Card)
- GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 (990X Chipset Motherboard)
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (RAM)
- 600W Power Supply
- 1TB Hard Drive (Seagate)
- Case w/ about 6-7 fans. (NOT STOCK FANS)


2. AMD Config No. 2 - Price: Around $715 after rebates
- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition (CPU)
- GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 (Graphics Card)
- GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 (990X Chipset Motherboard)
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (RAM)
- 600W Power Supply
- 1TB Hard Drive (Seagate)
- Case w/ about 6-7 fans. (NOT STOCK FANS)

The only difference between the two AMD Config's is the CPU.


Intel Config - Price: Around $720 after rebates.
- Intel Core i5-2500K (CPU)
- GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 (Graphics Card)
- GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 (Motherboard)
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (RAM)
- 600W Power Supply
- 1TB HDD
- Case w/ about 6-7 fans. (NOT STOCK FANS)

Let me sum it all up. Mostly I want to play games like Crysis 2 and GTA IV on Max settings (give or take a few settings) at a pretty high fps where I don't see lag. Also, Photoshop and Dreamweaver work.
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  1. For gaming in this order Intel>970>1100T
    For photoshop and dreamweaver in this order Intel>1100T>970
    My vote goes to the Intel build!
  2. For your requirements, definately the Intel config. Also if gaming at max settings/good framerates is number one priority I would save up a little extra and get the 560ti or 6950. The 6850 offers amazing performance for the price but the 560ti/6950 will constantly deliver regardless how much you crank up the settings. Also the sli performance on these cards will run anything! My Crysis 2 framerates are constantly above 30 with the 560ti/Q6600/4gb DDR2 at maximum settings/1920x1200. I am getting a second 560ti so I can push the game to 2560x1200 and continue to get decent framerates. IMO these two cards are the "high end" ones to get without going into the ridiculous/enthusiast price zones
  3. The Intel config is the only sensible option right now. Not only are the AMD processors both underpowered and bad values right now, but there is new AMD tech coming out any day now. (Shipment was "finalized" for the week of June 20th, we shall see)
  4. I think you'd do better with a 965 and a better graphics card, not taking Bulldozer etc into account but going on pure performance.
    None of those builds will max out games; you'll need a bigger budget for that, with a 2500K and a couple of 6950s.
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