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July 28, 2012 12:22:52 AM

Hello, I'm building a new computer and I'm buying the parts in the next week.
I'm mostly using the computer for gaming and schoolwork. Might even make some videos on youtube with it.

Which build would be better,

CPU - Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H Micro ATX LGA1155

Memory - Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card - XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB

Case - Azza Orion 202 EVO ATX Mid Tower

Power Supply - Cooler Master 600W ATX12V

Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Or


CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard - MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

Memory - Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card - Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card

Case - Azza Orion 202 EVO ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply - Cooler Master 600W ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Both builds come roughly to about $505 after rebates and $560 before rebates.

I will be using Ncix.com and using their in store price match if I find lower prices on other sites. I'm from Canada by the way.

Amd Build - http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/dcGo

Intel Build - http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/cUQF

Please help me which build I should chose or even recommending better components

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July 28, 2012 1:37:32 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ddff
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ddff/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ddff/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.00 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($40.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($115.45 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $518.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 21:36 EDT-0400)

You can replace the HD 7770 with the HD 6850....it seems that newer games are better with HD 7770, but slightly older games with the HD 6850. You can knock off a few bucks with the 500 watt Corsair CX500V2 for around $52 at either Amazon.ca or Direct Canada (don't remember which; both have free shipping...Amazon is a hit or miss on free shipping).

Dave
July 28, 2012 1:53:36 AM

The intel build will perform better. Also, think about 8GB of RAM instead of 4 GB because its so cheap
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