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Last check for $600 budget pc

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January 5, 2013 5:58:40 PM

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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January 5, 2013 10:09:24 PM

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.
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January 6, 2013 11:42:39 AM

So if I were to increase my budget to $675, the 3rd option would be best? Else... The 2nd is best.... Then I guess
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January 6, 2013 11:54:05 AM

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.)
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January 6, 2013 12:06:57 PM

Why don't the second and third build have any storage?
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January 6, 2013 1:19:30 PM

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?
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January 6, 2013 1:23:10 PM

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.
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January 6, 2013 1:43:18 PM

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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