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November 15, 2012 1:45:45 PM

So I'm gonna build a budget gaming pc and I need help picking which one is better for me.
My screen resolution is 1440x900 and my budget is £575.

Intel Core i3 3220, S 1155, Ivy Bridge, Dual Core, 3.3GHz-£91.36
MSI Z77A-G45, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX-£76.52
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V-£30.96
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM-£55.32
550W Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX, PSU-£57.00
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window USB 3.0 w/o PSU New Version-£67.18
2GB MSI Radeon HD 7870 Overclocked, 28nm, 4800MHz GDDR5, GPU 1050MHz, 1280 Cores, DL DVI-I/ HDMI/mDP +Crossfire bundle-£176.14
Total=£565.46
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Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail-£178.98
MSI Z77A-G45, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX-£76.52
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V-£30.96
500GB Western Digital WD5000AZRX Caviar Green, 3.5" HDD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, OEM-£46.20
650W EVGA SuperNova NEX, 120-PG-0650-GR, Full Modular, 80 PLUS Gold, 90% Eff', EPS 12V, SLI/CrossFire, ATX-£74.40
NZXT Lexa S, Black Mid Tower Performance Gaming Case with Side Window with USB 3.0 w/o PSU-£55.18
1GB XFX Radeon HD 7770 DD Core Edition, 4500MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1000MHz, 640 Cores +Crossfire bundle-£89.72
Total=Total£562.94

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November 15, 2012 9:36:26 PM

Either one to be honest at that resolution you should be fine. Personally I like the ivy 3570k so I would go with that build. My current res is 1600x900 And with the specs in my sig I max everything out.
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 391 4 Gaming
November 15, 2012 9:38:03 PM

You will see MUCH better gamine performance from the first build.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 15, 2012 10:42:58 PM

At your resolution, the second build would be pretty solid. Specially since you have the i5 3570K. However in terms of gaming, you'd want a better GPU and if you ever upgrade resolution, you'd want the 1st build.

You can check out my $650 build. Not quite quid prices but... it'll be somewhat reflected after a conversion.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
In your case, a better GPU would be more important. And the AMD FX-6300 is an amazing budget chip that performs better than the i3 3220 and can still overclock. Plus you'll still get that 7870 goodness but save money.
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