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Check/Advice on $800 gaming build.

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October 19, 2011 1:07:44 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965

MB: Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950

PSU/RAM Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Corsair 600W
G Skills 8 GB

Case/Optical Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition
Samsung DVD/CD Burner

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+

**MB (2nd option) ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current build idea.. budget of 800 or less for everything listed. Currently sitting at $780.
Biggest concerns here are motherboard quality (unsure of Gigabyte brand) also which is the better choice.. and PSU.
Any input will be appreciated.

Second Build Idea (i5 2500k based)

Newegg Combo: CPU MB RAM PSU CASE HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

Optical: Whatever works.

This build is still < $800..

Quality differences between the two? Which will fare better in games like BF3 Skyrim Diablo 3 MW3 etc..
Should I consider the 560 Ti in the AMD build? Again is the Gigabyte brand trustworthy? HELP!
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October 19, 2011 3:12:35 PM

Get the i5-2500k. the phenom is completely outmatched. I'd get the combo now since it's gone from neweggs list of combo.
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October 19, 2011 3:33:21 PM

looks like I can't even buy that anymore.. outstanding.
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October 19, 2011 3:35:54 PM

usncooper said:
looks like I can't even buy that anymore.. outstanding.


Yeah, that combo expired yesterday. It's a shame though. It's the best bang for the buck.
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