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2 Gaming Builds - Need help choosing which one

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January 27, 2013 3:03:45 PM

I'm on a budget of around $400-$450 right now, and I'm looking to play games like Planetside 2, and Battlefield 3 at low-medium settings, and possibly high settings. Here are the two builds.

BUILD #1

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CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($107.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $418.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 11:59 EST-0500)



BUILD #2

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($107.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $425.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 12:00 EST-0500)

Currently on Newegg, the mobo comes with free 8GB of g.skill RAM, so that's why I didn't include RAM in this build.



I'm leaning more towards the second build because it has a higher clock speed, and it is a quad core, and I want that because Planetside 2 is very CPU intensive.

Any advice on things I could degrade to save some money on would be great. Thanks!


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January 27, 2013 3:24:48 PM

vote for #2

toms bench showed phenom II was on par with i3
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January 27, 2013 8:12:22 PM

AMD Radeon said:
vote for #2

toms bench showed phenom II was on par with i3


I'm just stumped on what motherboard to get. Any suggestions on that?
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January 27, 2013 8:23:17 PM

If i were you I would just get an i3 for $10-$20 more. Pentium G860 WILL give you better FPS in same games because of the single threaded performance being higher than the 965. If you are overclocking then the 965 is the better choice... (though you should still look into a i3).
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January 27, 2013 8:31:24 PM

blake1243 said:
If i were you I would just get an i3 for $10-$20 more. Pentium G860 WILL give you better FPS in same games because of the single threaded performance being higher than the 965. If you are overclocking then the 965 is the better choice... (though you should still look into a i3).


My only problem with going intel is everything is dual core until you get up to the somewhat expensive i5's. I'll be playing CPU intensive games like Planetside 2, and the quad core really helps me out there.
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June 21, 2013 9:53:38 AM

If you want a quad core on the cheap I'd suggest the AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition. Its over-clockable, and on some bechmarks it out persormed some of the newer AMD processors
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