Sorry to say, neither of those are particularly good gaming machines. Both video cards are weak for the budget, and while AMD processors perform well *IF* you overclock them, I'm wagering you don't want to do that.
Here, this machine exceeds both of those in every aspect.
The amount of part setups that get posted on this site is immense and after it's not too hard to assign certain lists to certain price ranges..... are you at all interested in overclocking, It's not necessarily bad unless you're absolutely stupid about it. keep things within reasonable temperatures and you'll be fine. Ask around this site and it won't be hard to learn how to do it, before anything though I'd like to know, do you live near a microcenter, they sell intel processors very cheap.
I think I might be interested in overclocking, but I'll surely look around and find out how to do it beforehand. Don't know what a microcenter is and so I doubt I live around one.. I live in a small town with a fairly expensive computer store.
$800 is probably top unless I wait longer. I have a case from old computers I may be able to use, unless I should buy a better case, seeing as how I think there's pretty much no way for heat to get out and around in there.
How do you guys know everything to get so quickly? Will it all fit, work, not over-heat etc.?
All parts in the build I posted are perfectly compatble, and the z9 plus case has excellent cooling.
Also, why wouldn't I want to overclock? Does it lessen the CPU's overall life or something?
If you want to try your hand at overclocking, more power to youand feel free to get an AMD system. Since this is your first build, and you didn't seem too familiar with PC components, I figured you already had a lot on your plate in the first place, so I was just simplifying the buld to get the most performance without tweaking.