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January 23, 2013 4:57:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $470 the less the better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Do you need to buy OS: No, i have a copy already.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.

Location: USA.

Parts Preferences: Any.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: this is my first build and i will be using for Skyrim, Lol, TF2, Dota 2 and maybe Far cry 3.

I need your advice with the quality of the parts and if i can get a better build for my budget, i got two builds i have in mind AMD o Intel and i cant decide which one to get, Thanks in advance.

Intel build:

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $452.69

AMD build:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $468.92

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January 23, 2013 5:03:24 PM

both are good :) 

#1 newer tech and lower power consumption
#2 best performance

it is up to you :) 
personally i will go with #2
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January 23, 2013 5:07:25 PM

AMD Radeon said:
both are good :) 

#1 newer tech and lower power consumption
#2 best performance

it is up to you :) 
personally i will go with #2

The PSU its ok with the #2?
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January 23, 2013 5:10:27 PM

yes!! :)  as long as you dont put GPU higher than 7770 :) 
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January 23, 2013 5:18:16 PM

Pentium G860 + Radeon 7850 > Phenom II 965 + 7770

This is what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $524.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:17 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2013 5:29:08 PM

Here is what I came up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $417.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:28 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2013 5:32:49 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Pentium G860 + Radeon 7850 > Phenom II 965 + 7770

This is what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $524.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:17 EST-0500)

i cant get rebates i live outside USA im just getting the parts there through a courier that send it to my country and i already have the GPU.
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January 23, 2013 5:49:15 PM

If you alread have the GPU and looking at $470, then definitely go with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $417.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:48 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2013 5:56:44 PM

cball1311 said:
If you alread have the GPU and looking at $470, then definitely go with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $417.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:48 EST-0500)

the GPU its included in the budget.
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January 23, 2013 6:05:31 PM

Ok. Doesn't make sense to have it in the budget if you already own it, but, anyway, my previous build will probably suit you and be around $250 USD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $252.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 15:05 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2013 6:08:24 PM

jcec92 said:
i cant get rebates i live outside USA im just getting the parts there through a courier that send it to my country and i already have the GPU.


What country are you buying from? If you check the link in my signature chances are there's an online shop where you live.
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January 23, 2013 6:15:45 PM

g-unit1111 said:
What country are you buying from? If you check the link in my signature chances are there's an online shop where you live.

i live in Dominican Republic but i can still buy in newegg and amazon and its easier and cheaper for me i just cant get rebates.
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January 24, 2013 9:29:38 AM

Best answer selected by jcec92.
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