Gaming Desktop Build

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks- 1 month

Budget Range: 500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing, Youtube

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, (any sites are fine really)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: below

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: no, at least not yet

Monitor Resolution: i don't have a monitor yet

Additional Comments: I wish to run games such as WoW, Skyrim, TF2, AC revelations, minecraft etc. I was originally going to buy a pre-made desktop, but realized it would be much cheaper to build. What i was originally going to buy was the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2098 (GU2098) Desktop PC AMD FX-Series FX-4100(3.6GHz) 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, but decided to try to build one with better specs for about the same price.
here it is:


hard drive: WD Caviar black 1 TB

optical drive: Lite-On DVD Burner IHAS124-04

RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB

mobo:Gigabyte GA-970A-D3

cpu: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

gpu: XFX AMD Radeon HD 6670

psu:Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower

os: Windows 7: Home Premium

is the extra 80-100$ + building process for the second system worth it? is it actually really better than the cyberpowerpc? thanks in advance
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  1. What you get for the extra $80-100 is quite a bit in this case, better processor, 500gb hard drive, 8gb ram, and a warranty on the system as a whole, not just the parts. Plus they build and test it for you.

    Sadly, with that video card in either system, you would be limited to lower resolutions and lower setting in some of those games.

    A better option would be this.

    CPU - Core i3-2120 - $119.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
    Motherboard - Gigabyte H61 - $53.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527
    Ram - 8gb DDR3 1333 GSkill - $36.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422
    Video card - Evga 550 Ti - $119.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127649
    Hard drive - 500gb Western Digital SATA 6gb/s - $89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    DVD RW - Samsung - $15.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    Case - Coolermaster HAF - $49.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    Power Supply - 500 Watt Silverstone - $49.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total - $636.91 before shipping

    So for a little over your budget you get a system that will blow the other two out of the water in gaming at least. This is mainly due to the more powerful video card. It is also uses much higher quality components and as a result, should be trouble free for a good while.
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