New build help advice

Looking for some help on a value for money system.

This system is just for Gaming, Internet & Downloading.
From what i have read the Intel smash AMD but for gaming and value for money purpose they will more then do the job?
I am on a budget - recently married and saving for a house.

I need help selecting a video card - I don't expect to be playing BF3 on Ultra but i would like high, I have seen youtube videos on 550Ti's playing on high with no problems and they are only $118 or do i look for somthing in the new gen AMD card's?

Looking to spend around $800/$900 - GAMES I PLAY: (CS GO, D3, WOW, BF3, DAYZ, SC2)

Build #1

MOBO: AsRock 970-Extreme3 $94
CPU: x4 FX-4170 $135
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X $45
HDD: Seagate 500G $64
ODD: SATA Samsung $19
CASE: Antec 300 $62
PSU: Corsair CX500 $69
MONITOR: Viewsonic VA2238WM $115

Total: $603 without GFX

Any help / advice is more then Welcome

Ilive in aus and hete is my local stores pricelist
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  1. The 5 series prices are coming down now that the 6 series is hitting the market. A 560 should suit your needs for less than ~$150. If you want to spend less, try a 550ti. If you can fit it in your budget, a 560ti would be better than either.
  2. I think you should get a hd 7850. I know its twice the price of the 550ti but if you want years of playing games on ultra or high settings with good fps then go with this his hd 7850

    Also I'd go with the antec 520w it's way better than the corsair cx500.
    antec neo eco 520w
    The antec 520w doesn't come with a cord but if you have an old psu you can use it's cord or just buy one for like $5.
  3. Gimme a sec, I'll try something better.
  4. if you have a local micro center the 3540 is 150.00 the 3570k is a little more. the msi g45 micro atx is 100.00 with rebate right now on new egg. i would toss in a 128g ssd os boot drive (running about 80-100) online right now.
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($205.60 @ Mwave Australia)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Total: $915.60
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 14:38 EST+1000)

    Something like this is what I would personally purchase for your price range.
  6. For gaming, the graphics card is much more important than the cpu.
    My rule of thumb is to budget twice the cost of the cpu for the graphics card.

    In this case, you would have a better gaming experience with a cheaper intel dual core such as a $77 G850 or a $120 i3-2120 paired with a stronger graphics card such as a $250 7850.
    Read this:,3120-9.html

    Only a few games actually can make use of more than 2 cores.
    Read this article, and look for the games you play:,2738.html

    A ASROCK H61 based motherboard will be <$50.
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