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Hello everyone! I'm new here and I have a few questions.

I'm doing a budget PC build( First Build ever). Around $550 is the limit. I have picked out most of my components but I'm torn between a AMD Phenom II BE or a Core i3 2120. Here are the options:

CPU: AMD Phenom II BE 3.4 GHz
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P
GPU: Sapphire HD 7770
PSU: Coolermaster 500w
RAM: 4GB
CASE: Fractal Design Core 1000
500GB HDD
Windows 7 64bit

---OR---

CPU: Core i3 2120
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2
GPU: Sapphire HD 7770
PSU: Coolermaster 500w
RAM: 4GB
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000
500GB HDD
Windows 7 64bit


NOW, the question is, which set up will be best to run the following games: BF3(64 player MP), World of Tanks, PlanetSide 2, Chivalry, Minecraft and TF2 with good frames? AND PLEASE, KEEP YOU INTEL/AMD FANBOY CRAP OUTTA HERE :fou: !! Just want facts. Please and thank you.
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  1. Niether really. Because the 7770 isn't all that powerful.. But the best of luck between the two? I would go with the Intel option
  2. I suggest you go with i3 3220 since it has better price/performance/power consumption efficiency than i3 2120, Phenom II.... an i5/7850 could be the ideal choice for you, if you can spend some extra money...
  3. for massive multi player games such as bf3, planetside 2, tf2 and such i would want the amd quad core. for the other games i would take the i3.

    in real life, i doubt you'll see a difference between those 2 setups.
  4. buy a i3 3220 and a 650 ti,i think this will run bf3
    P.S you don't need a psu with 500w,450 will be
    enough.
  5. Beside the CPU and GPU suggestions above, get a better power supply, cooler master makes popular cases and good coolers, but PSU's they do not. Try FSP, seasonic, ocz/pc power & cooling, and corsair. You'll find someting in the wattage and budget range but of better quality.
  6. Best answer
    If you can increase your budget a bit, this build will suit your need much better.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.38 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $542.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 04:10 EST-0500)
  7. Best answer selected by B00TYMAN.
  8. Kamen_BG said:
    If you can increase your budget a bit, this build will suit your need much better.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.38 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $542.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 04:10 EST-0500)


    This is a much better build than the one I put up. Thank you!
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