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Choosing between two builds. please help

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January 13, 2013 4:08:30 AM

So i'm in a tight budget and this are the two specs that i can afford but i can't think of which one to pick

1st build:
Intel Core i3 3220 3.3ghz
H61M-P31
4gb G. Skill Ripjaws 2x4
PC HD 7770 1gb 1ghz edition
500 gb Seagate Barracuda
Asus sata DVD-RW
Fsp hexa he500 500w
Raidmax Super Atlas

2nd build
Intel G850 2.9ghz Pentium DC Sandy Bridge
Gigabyte H61M-DS2
8gb G. Skill Ripjaws 2x4
Power Color HD 7850 2gb
500 gb Seagate Barracuda
Fsp hexa he500 500w
Cooler Master Elite 372

And would the second build's core bottleneck its GPU?


Upgrade in both build is possible into a i5 or maybe i7. But i was wondering should i go with an i3 with a 7770 or go with the G850 with a 2gb 7850???


note: I'm going to play games on 1600x900 reso, BF3, Black ops 2, and other new games this 2012 - 2013

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January 13, 2013 4:20:50 AM

Neither - I wouldn't touch that case and power supply with a 10 foot pole. Raidmax makes a lot of junk and I wouldn't buy a power supply that isn't certified or rated. Cheap cases and power supplies are not worth it - the cheaper you go the more likely you are to have something fail on you.

I'm guessing you're on a $500 budget so I would go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($81.09 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $538.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 01:20 EST-0500)
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