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The build i want Vs. Lower budget build.. big difference?

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July 8, 2012 8:29:05 PM

(I wont be buying till september 1, 2012)

I ALREADY HAVE
optical drive Generic.. all i really need for now.. I'll get a blu ray later.
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX 1600
Hard drive: Seagate barracuda 7200rpm.. (ill get an SSD or another hard drive later.. this one is fine for now)
monitor dual setup (1600x900 gaming monitor for now, but plans for a 1080res monitor later)
mouse and keyboard
Windows 7 64bit

Is there a significant difference between these builds, or any suggestions?
the price difference is roughly $200

THE BUILD I WANT
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bDnK
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($170.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White/Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.18 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($140.98 @ Newegg) (AX650W 80+ Gold)

VS.

THE COST FRIENDLIER BUILD
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bDoZ
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($300.24 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($309.98 @ NCIX US) **or go with the 2.5GB EVGA version for $20 more???**
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg) (HX 650W 80+ Bronze)

I want to run kick ass games at high settings wile live streaming.. at 720p+ resolution (Therefore it must be an i7)

SO many questions... Let me just state that I do not want to spend more than $1,200.

I can afford both builds.. but the budget is tight. I just don't want to end up getting build #2 and kicking myself for cutting corners trying to save $200... But at the same time, its 200 dollars!!!
July 8, 2012 9:22:42 PM

The build you want get a i5-3570k to save money and in games it will perform the same so get that with the i5.

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July 8, 2012 10:00:23 PM

I appreciate the reply, but the CPU is not in question. I have done a LOT of reading on this because quite a few people try to convince me to get the i5.

Although there may be no difference in gaming between the i5 and i7, Live streaming via programs such as XSplit encoding video resolutions of 720p and higher can max out the CPU load and lead to drops in game FPS and overall performance. Plus, im stubborn.

Its more specifically the MOBO and the GPU that i cannot seem to make up my mind on.
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July 8, 2012 10:01:20 PM

Then the build you want 100 percent no questions asked.
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July 8, 2012 10:03:12 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
Then the build you want 100 percent no questions asked.

For any specific reason?
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July 8, 2012 10:04:24 PM

The 670 is a great card and I mean to die for the mobo is top of the line :) 
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July 8, 2012 10:40:26 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
I like the GA-Z77X-UD5H much better.



First off, the OP bascially wants to keep the price down so dropping to the extreme4 will help do that.

Secondly, the only thing you are really losing is the third PCI-3.0 slot which you wont ever need and you get 4 SATA3 ports instead of 5. Worth the $40 savings imo.
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July 8, 2012 11:27:19 PM

Okay I am fine with that i thought it was a bigger difference than that
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July 9, 2012 4:51:16 AM

cranked said:
How about a mix of the two?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bE4j


Awesome, I'm open to any variations really. I still have over a month to toy with ideas and learn about these things, so i appreciate any input.
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