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Hello, need help choosing between these two builds (unless you can make a cheaper one for me that runs better :P) I'd really like to keep the price as low as possible and maybe with some updatability in the future (which is why I"m debating between AMD and Intel). I already have 1tb hdd that I got for a steal from best buy.

Running this on a 20inch monitor, I hope a cx430 will be enough power for now. All of this will be bough from Newegg unless you can find cheaper prices in the US (no Microcenter near me though).

Build 1: AMD Based


LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply


Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3S8N9K2/4G


ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX


Build 2: Intel

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply


Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3S8N9K2/4G
ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
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  1. Best answer
    The i3-2100 is better.
  2. Alright and all the components are compatible right? :)
  3. Yep, but you don't have a HDD though.

    It won't start at all even if everythings compatible and you don't have an HDD.

    430w will surely run that build with no problems.
  4. Got an 1tb hd already so not a problem.

    Seagate-Barracuda 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive-ST310005N1A1AS-RK

    Thanks.

    Even though the intel is a bit more expensive I had a hunch it'd be better but wanted to make sure.
  5. Yeah, Tri-core Athlon is not as good as the i3-2100.. Good luck then! I hope you have a good one.
  6. Best answer selected by siegcrimson.
  7. Ahahaha, one more dumb question.

    I'll be able to fit the adaptor I got here at : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704079
    in the MOBO right? I forgot to double check that....since my GPU take the only pci express 2.1x16 unit and the only slot left open after that is a single regular pci slot .
  8. It should fit :).
  9. Okay thanks. I was considering getting this MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332

    Instead of the ASROCk since it's cheaper and has one more reg PCI slot as well. Should I go for it? I'm not as familiar with good MOBO brands.
  10. You could but I don't usually recommend biostar. :(
  11. Alright, good thing I asked. I'll stick with the ASROCK. I think that'll be all for now. Sorry for the multiple questions. Thanks for taking the time to answer them. I'll be pulling the trigger on this rig around Weds or Black Friday. :)
  12. :O Will do. Looks good to me.
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