Which One to choose for Gaming?

Build One
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($361.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Total: $1428.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 19:01 EST-0500)


Build 2

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CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Evercool HPJ-12025 38.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($423.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($39.94 @ Amazon)
Total: $1220.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 19:01 EST-0500)
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  1. The first one, no question. Plus you can overclock the cheaper HD 7970 past the GHz edition, so no loss in performance there... Also, the FX-8350 barely edges out the i3 in games.
  2. What about downgrade the CPU to a cheaper i7 to get a better 7970?
  3. Hiii said:
    What about downgrade the CPU to a cheaper i7 to get a better 7970?

    No point. That's a beast of a CPU and you won't need to upgrade for at least 5 years.

    Also you need 4 sticks of RAM to take advantage of the quad-channel mode: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233203

    And this is a better HD 7970 for the same price.

    And you could cut $200 by going with this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131855
  4. The first one should be sufficient, but you really shouldn't need more than an i5 for that.
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