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August 6, 2012 10:13:10 PM

Hello there,
I'm a new member to this site and I'm not going to lie - I signed up only because I'm having a computer problem that I'd like to solve...well, not really much of a problem, more of a hesitation between some components. So, I'm buying myself a new computer pretty soon (in 2 months maybe) because I don't have the money yet. My current one is 10 years old running on a Athlon 64 2800 processor, 512 RAM and some old nVidia FX 5500 card. Anyways, my budget (if the XE universal currency converter is correct) is from 850 up to 950$. The computer is going to be used for everything, of course, but I am intending to enjoy some semi-hardcore gaming. Or if the money allow it - pure hardcore gaming. Monitor is not going to be included in this pricing, my current one is Samsung 19'' with max resolution 1280x1048 I think. I'm going to get a new one but later on. (More money on the computer) So... I've read a lot of things about hardware and components and I've configured a few systems at (a Bulgarian site where I intend to order my parts from)
MY MAIN question is if those parts are COMPATIBLE and if any of those parts are bad(or could be better) I'd like some comments and suggestions, please. That's all really. So, the first configuration is AMD based and goes like that:

Motherboard: Not sure about that since I'm mainly informed about Intel motherboards but this one: ASUS M5A99X EVO, AMD 990X, DDR III 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066, SATA II,SATA III, 1394, eSATA, USB 3.0, GLAN, AM3+ seemed pretty good to me. - 127.00$
CPU: AMD FX-Series X6 6200, 3.80GHz, 14MB, BOX, AM3+, Black Edition @ 153.00$ I think this one is the best one(from AMD ofc) for its' performance quality/price.
CPU cooler: Again, not sure about this component, I just saw which one has the best brand, numbers and price - COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 Evo, s.All CPU, 800-2200 rpm, 17-30 dB - 21.19$
RAM: CORSAIR 2x4GB Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz, CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 (I think 8 gigs is enough, right? I don't understand what this: CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - means tho.)
HDD: SEAGATE 1000GB 7200 64MB SATA III - 83.60$ OR WD 1024GB 64MB SATA III Blue - 82.50$ - almost a dollar difference (wow, that's a lot ! ) but which one is better..?
Graphics card: SAPPHIRE 2048M HD7850 DDR5 PCI-E 3.0 /BULK/ (I've heard great things about this card) - 234.00$
Power supply - COOLER MASTER SILENT PRO M600, 600W - 89.30$ (Is this a good PSU and are 600 watts enough for the system ?)
Finally, CASE (Yes, I know I haven't mentioned the floppy, I'm going to use my old one for a couple of weeks and maybe I'll get a new one, they're cheap, right?) - COOLER MASTER ELITE 334U BLACK, w/o PSU - 42.90$

The OTHER configuration is INTEL based and the only difference is the MB, CPU(Obvious ones) and the graphics card (weaker one because of the high pricing of the CPU)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z77-DS3H, Z77, DDR III 2400(OC)/1600/1333/1066, VGA, DVI, HDMI, SATA III, RAID, mSATA, USB 3.0, GLAN, LGA1155 - 97.70$
CPU: INTEL CORE i5-2500K, 3.30GHz, 6M, BOX, LGA1155 - 220.00$
Graphics card: SAPPHIRE 1024M HD6870 DDR 5 PCI-E /BULK/ - 185.70$
So, what do you think ? Which of these configurations is going to be better/more efficent(as in performance) for gaming ?
That's about it...hopefully someone'll read this big thread I know it's probably annoying but anyways, take care for now and thanks in advance !

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August 7, 2012 10:01:20 PM

Anyone ...? o.O
August 7, 2012 10:15:06 PM

i5 is better for gaming
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August 7, 2012 10:15:41 PM

western digital has better hard drives
August 7, 2012 10:19:48 PM

I would go for second build but both of them the parts are compatible
August 7, 2012 10:40:12 PM

Appreciate the info, mate. Thanks a lot ! :) 
August 7, 2012 10:47:01 PM

no problem
August 7, 2012 11:34:03 PM

Well first off omaroma there is a edit button.
The i5 is better for gaming and runs cooler but amd will run just as good you dont want to skip out on a gpu because that is the most important thing in a pc build for gaming. You dont even need the fx series x6 you could get a phenom II x4 black for cheaper and just as good for gaming and still good for general use in a system i would recommend nvidia over radeon nvidia has less issues with drivers and you can get a about same price gpu thats better and if your not doing 2 way sli then 600 is a good wattage western digital is better
August 8, 2012 8:36:44 AM

Ok, so something like the following system would do just fine maxing out most of the games that are out so far ? And I added a nVidia card aswell. I think this one is the best for its price ? And by the way, I'm curious, is this a good and an upgradeable motherboard ? If not, any suggestions ?

MB: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3, AMD 990FX, DDR III 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333, SATAIII, RAID, 1394, GLAN, AM3+ - ~127$

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965, 3.40GHz, 8MB, BOX, AM3, Black Edition - 115$

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 Evo, s.All CPU, 800-2200 rpm, 17-30 dB ~ 22$

HDD: WD 1024GB 64MB SATA III Blue ~ 83$

Graphics: GIGABYTE 1024M GTX560Ti N560UD-1GI DDR 5 PCI-E ~ 228$


You sure the processor is powerful enough and it won't "bottleneck" the card ?
Total cost is approximately 710$ and that's a perfect price for me if the system indeed is optimized. Expecting feedback, again - thanks for the informative answers !
Forgot to add the RAM (Corsair 8GB(2x4) runnin' at 1600 MHz ~ 49$) Final total price ~ 760$