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June 22, 2011 4:20:27 PM

Hi, I'm going to build my own PC soon, I will use it mostly for gaming and surfing the web. As this is my first "real" PC I don't know much about which parts are better or what, but I have done some research and I have come out with this two builds that are around the same price:

----------------------------------------------------------------------FIRST BUILD-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-$122- Case: AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower

-$135- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

-$164- Motherboard: ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 AM3 AMD 890FX + Crossfire bridge

-$45- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

-$560- Graphics Card: 2x SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950

-$65- Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

-$130- Power Supply: SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W

-$20- DVD Burner: SAMSUNG SH-222AB - OEM

Total -$1241-

------------------------------------------------------------------SECOND BUILD--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-$140- Case: NZXT Phantom

-$224- Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

-$160- Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

-$85- RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

-$360- Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570

-$65- Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

-$130- Power Supply: SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W

-$40- Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

-$20- DVD Burner: SAMSUNG SH-222AB - OEM

Total -$1214-

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The games that I would play are StarCraft2, The Witcher 2, Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty 4, and stuff like that at a resolution of 1920x1080. So I would really appreciate it if someone could help me choosing between these two.

Thanks :p 

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June 22, 2011 4:48:05 PM

as striker indicated in your other thread, the best solution is a combination of the 2.
an i5-2500k + 2x 6950's is the best way to spend $1250.

Now would be a great time to buy ram. Gskill ram is extremely cheap right now and there is 15% off all desktop memory with promo code DM15JN11US. You can therefore purchase 8gb 1600mhz cas8 ram for $64. its a no brainer for either build:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If youre worried about paying too much for the i5-2500k, be aware that there are much cheaper 6950s:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Theres also no reason why you cant buy the cpu cooler later, and use a cheaper case in the intel build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2011 5:08:14 PM

I've gotta agree with Genghis 100%. Excellent advice, best way to go.
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June 22, 2011 5:16:41 PM

Also I could get the single evga 570 setup now and in a couple months I could get another 570, what do you think?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2011 5:28:11 PM

Yes, you could do that. Would work quite well. I would upgrade the PSU a bit though, maybe an 850HX? Idk if they are still on sale or not.
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June 22, 2011 6:30:31 PM

Two 570's are overkill unless you got money to burn.
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June 22, 2011 7:08:01 PM

grody said:
Two 570's are overkill unless you got money to burn.


It might be at the time being but how I live in Mexico it's not easy for me to get the parts at a reasonable price. So I want this PC to be able to run most games that are coming out the next year or two at least at high settings =P
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June 27, 2011 11:18:56 PM

Best answer selected by iiH3R3T1C.
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