Last check for $600 budget pc

Hey, guys I would like to know which one of these three builds is the most optimal for $600.

1) CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-
Core Processor $81.99
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX
AM3+ Motherboard $61.97
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
DDR3-1866 Memory $29.99
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5"
7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
$214.98
Case: Apex Vortex 3620 ATX Mid Tower Case
$31.62
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze
Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $53.99
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
$15.99
Total: $545.52 (sihpped)

2) CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core
Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX
LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB)
DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB
Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid
Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS
Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @
Newegg)
Total: $537.49

3) CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core
Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX
LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB)
DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video
Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid
Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS
Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @
Newegg)
Total: $577.50

So which do u guys think is best for gaming?
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  1. Go with the 2nd build but replace the CPU with this one for the same price:

    Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core Processor 3.2 GHz
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087EVHVW

    And if possible, replace the GPU with this one for $35 more after rebate:

    XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Ed. 1000MHZ 2GB
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69828
  2. for $10 more get a 2GB 7850. nevermind its out of stock
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007MLSGHE

    that 7870 is really $55 more out of pocket.
  3. The 3rd option, if you could get an i5 it would be better but if it'll put you over budget it's fine to go with an i3-3220, it won't bottleneck a 7950.
  4. So if I were to increase my budget to $675, the 3rd option would be best? Else... The 2nd is best.... Then I guess
  5. Best Bang for the Buck
    You can Replace the card with 7870, if you prefer it


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $601.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  6. Why don't the second and third build have any storage?
  7. I'm not sure probably I forgot to put in :( , well it seems as though you guys are leaning more towards the intel.

    What's the difference with intel and amd for budget gaming?
  8. Intel has faster cores. The dual core i3's outperform just about every AMD on the market. For video editing and rendering you really can't go wrong with the FX 6 core and 8 core processors though. But for gaming stick with Intel.
  9. Ahh I see, and I think I forgot to mention but my monitors resolution is 1920 x 1080.

    So I guess build 2 wins.. With just a few tweaks.
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