Build for friend, opinions?

My friend lives up in Canada and he wants me to give him list of parts for a good gaming rig. He said he wants $950 to be the budget range.
Sites he prefer are Newegg Canada he said. So here are 2 mock builds(he wants an AMD example and Intel and wants AMD to be able to upgrade to Piledriver series):
CPU: FX-6100 $157
Mobo: Biostar TA990FXE $150
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 $230
RAM: Ripjaws X Series 8GB @1600MHz $52
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $105
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB $71
PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 $86
Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black $50
Optical: LG DVD Burner $21

Intel(wants mobo that can upgrade to i5 or i7 later)
Core i3 2120 $132
ASRock Z77 Pro4 -M $142
ZOTAC GTX 560Ti $232
Seagate Barracuda 750GB $71
G. SKILL Ripjaw X Series 8GB @1600MHz $52
OS: Windows 7 Home 64 bit $105
Optical: LG DVD Burner $21
PSU: Coller Master eXreme Power Plus 700 $96
Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black $50
He wants more graphical power than CPU. He is an AMD kind of guy so he leaning more towards AMD.
He will use it to capture videos on his Xbox with his Roxio Game Cap and editing the videos. And he'll be doing a lot of gaming on his PC.
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  1. Best answer
    If you replace the PSU in the second build with the one in the first build and get the Z77/Z75 Pro3, the better system is the second one.
  2. He said he wants the Cooler Master PSU because it has 2x 6+2 pins instead of just 2x 6 pins
  3. He is giving up reliability for convenience, which is not a good thing. Adapters are cheap nowadays.
  4. I'll try and convince him but this is his build and it is his decision.
  5. I wouldn't even ask people if he is set on the parts. Why ask you to ask for advice if he won't take any?
  6. Just got off Skype with him and he said he'll do the Rosewill PSU but wants that AMD CPU. So anyway to combine the builds to make it somewhat good.
  7. Then just replace the i3-2120 with a Phenom II X4 965 BE and get a compatible AMD MOBO from ASUS, ASRock, or GIGABYTE.
  8. FX-6100 $135 @DirectCanada
    MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 $155 @Newegg
    Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 $230 @Newegg
    Ripjaw X Series 8GB 1600MHz $52 @Newegg
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB $80 @DirectCanada
    Rosewill HIVE 650 $86 @Newegg
    Cooler Master Elite 371 $41 @DirectCanada
    Windows 7 Home 64 bit $98 @DirectCanada
    LG DVD Burner $21 @Newegg
    Thanks for the advice about the PSU!
  9. Best answer selected by hunterpostit88.
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