FINALIZING ~500$ Gaming/Streaming Build

OK GUYS! Final build time. Review the build RIGHT after this paragraph. You may look below it to see my specs so far.

Processor-
i5 2400 - 150$
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0354590
MOBO-
BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 50$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813138332
Graphics Card-
HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - 105$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161387
RAM-
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - 20$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145278
PSU-
Corsair 430w - 35$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=6 [...] omoid=1282
HDD+DVD Combo-
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
WITH 24x DVD burner- 99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145299
Case-
Coolermaster Elite 370- 32$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55447

FINAL PRICE- 491$ Not including rebates/taxes/shipping

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Approximate Purchase Date: Around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so basically, NOW

Budget Range: 500-550$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Editing, Screen Capture, Other

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speaker, OS, MAYBE hard drive (Waiting for price to drop)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, Microcenter, anything else.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Up to you guys

Overclocking: If you guys recommend, otherwise probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, though I have a lesser resolution monitor.
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Ok guys. Take two. Time is getting close, and I need to decide on a build. Here I present two builds, one from me and another from calguyhunk. Could you guys do me a favor and decide/edit the builds and see which one is the best?

My build:
IceTee said:


Motherboard

BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 50$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332

Processors

i5 2400 - 150$
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354590

OR

i5 2320 - 175$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63959&promoid=1282

Graphics Card

HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - 105$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161387

RAM

No idea yet, but I want a 4gb RAM. Not sure which one to get.

PSU

Corsair 430w - 35$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60345&promoid=1282

DVD
Samsung 22x OEM- 17$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60344&promoid=1282

Case

Coolermaster Elite 370- 32$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55447

FINAL (Without Rebates): 419-444$

I don't have an HDD yet, so add about 100$ to that price :\


And here is calguyhunk's build:
Anonymous said:


CPU+Mobo: $140 AMD Phenom IIX4 970+Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+

RAM: $32 CORSAIR XMS3 8GB

HDD: $95 Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s. I'm trying hard not to recommend 320GB drives at $100 :ouch:

GPU: $160 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870

PSU: $65 SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W

Case: $32 COOLER MASTER Elite 370 - In your link.

TOTAL: $524 after rebates+Shipping. This will pawn any of the other proposed builds by a factor of a million to one. What's more, some amount of OC'ing comes as a bonus :bounce:

Corsair, Gigabyte, Cooler Master, Sapphire, Western Digital. Don't think you're gonna better that for either FPS or reliability at the price point, I don't think :)


So which one is better? I'm working on a limited time frame.

Thanks!
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  1. And oh yeah a few things, I'll mostly be playing SC2, thinking of playing Battlefield 3 in the near future. Will be streaming/fraps-ing, so some guy recommended me quad core. I hear AMD is bad compared to Intel in general too. Since SC2 isn't that demanding, could I sacrifice graphics quality for a better processor?
  2. I'd go with the build with better graphics.
  3. I would go with the 970
  4. Do you guys have any reasons? People say AMD's aren't that good, and I want a reliable build. I'm mainly playing SC2 (Not so demanding), so I don't need such a good graphics card (can up later). I do plan on streaming, which another guy recommended my the i5 and another recommended me the Phenom.
  5. I dont think you will tax either CPU playing SC2 or streaming, so go with the cheaper option... just my opinion :) good luck!
  6. Thanks :) Does anyone have any recommendations on HDDs? 320gb is fine, but doesnt anyone know any more bout it?
  7. Editing the OP for the final build. Can you guys review it?
  8. I'm just afraid you won't be happy with a 6770 on your gaming machine.
  9. +1 on the 6870.
  10. FinneousPJ said:
    I'm just afraid you won't be happy with a 6770 on your gaming machine.


    Can't the 6770 run most modern games on medium/high on 1080p?
  11. Just get the 6870. Seriously. Gaming is more GPU bound than CPU.
  12. cutebeans said:
    Just get the 6870. Seriously. Gaming is more GPU bound than CPU.


    Well I want to stream my game (streaming, as in not watching netflix streaming, but STREAMING my screen). Also I couldn't possibly fit that into my budget at all, and what people have been saying is that the AMD is not good.
  13. Then just get the 6770. Why ask for opinions you won't listen to since you already have a desicion made. Reassurance topics are hard.
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