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Two Identical Builds 500-700 Budget gaming

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September 10, 2011 3:14:31 AM

Hey guys need a little help building two identical mid budget gaming pc.( Will need OS for both) I am up to any suggestions and ideas and am looking to keep this between 500-700 for each computer (1000-1400 between both.) I am currently running another system with 2 GTX 470 and was considering removing those from my main system and using them for these two builds(so feel free if you have an input if that would be a good option to perhaps upgrade my main pc with a better card (s) ). The main things that will be done on those 2 computers will be surfing the net, WOW/SWTOR, RTS games (AOE3, AOE Online, ETC). I would like to have them run these games pretty well! If you have any questions or need further information feel free to ask. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the Next Month

Budget Range: 500-700 each computer (1000-1400 for both)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(Wow/SWTOR, RTS games), Surfing the net, Woul

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg,amazon,tiger direct, any preferred sites you guys want to suggest to me (No MC in Area)

Country of Origin: Pennsylvania, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080 20-22" monitor

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September 10, 2011 5:12:28 AM

Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 64-Bit + AMD Phenom II 965 $217
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ $65 (Avail MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot G2 4GB DDR3 1333 $25 (Avail MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB + Corsair CX500 V2 $85 (Avail MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Rosewill Challenger $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX 6790 $130 (Avail MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $707 before MIRs (Lots)
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September 10, 2011 2:59:53 PM

I looked into the June 2011 build in regards to the i3, does that out perform the amd phenom II.(i have been reading mixed reviews) Also if I take the 470s out of my main build to upgrade my graphics card and put them in these builds would that be suitable for these budget builds. Thanks for the help
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September 10, 2011 5:50:54 PM

Kind of in between.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=102
As you can see, in multi-threaded apps the 965 is better and in single the i3 is better. Now for gaming again you see the 965 is better in some and the i3 in some. TBH either is good. I'd go with the 965 though because Physical cores are better than virtual cores in some cases.
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