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January 28, 2013 2:57:35 PM

Hey guys, im currently deciding between these two builds. They will mosly be used for gaming (med-high), as well as just general use, and i was wondering which of the two would give me the best preformance/buck. All prices are from Newegg.ca.

1st Build:

CPU-AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MOBO-ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS

HDD-Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB

GPU-SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU-RAIDMAX RX-500AF Continuous 500 watts ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply

RAM-CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C11

Case-GIGABYTE GZ-X5 Black ABS / 0.6 mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Dvd thing-ASUS 24X DVD Burner

TOTAL: $457.93


2nd Build:

CPU- Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

MOBO-MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

HDD-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST250DM001 / HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

GPU-HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU-CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM-G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR

Case-GIGABYTE GZ-X5 Black ABS / 0.6 mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Dvd thing-ASUS 24X DVD Burner

TOTAL: 435.93
Any suggestions to either of the build are very welcome. PLease also keep in mind i would like to stay under the 450-475$ limit.

Thanks!

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January 28, 2013 3:20:57 PM

Definitely go with the second build but do not purchase a Raidmax power supply. They are the worst of the worst. However on the second build don't use low voltage RAM on Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge builds and get an H77 motherboard instead of H61.
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January 28, 2013 4:37:17 PM

The second build doesnt have a raidmax power supply. the voltage of the ram should be 1.5V?
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January 28, 2013 4:46:29 PM

also why an h77 mobo?
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January 28, 2013 5:11:00 PM

Rawbunnie said:
also why an h77 mobo?


H61 is older and won't support newer processors should you decide to upgrade.

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The second build doesnt have a raidmax power supply. the voltage of the ram should be 1.5V?


I always try to warn people against purchasing poorly made power supplies - the Corsair is decent but get the CX500.

Yes the voltage of the RAM should definitely be 1.5V - no more no less.
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January 30, 2013 11:15:57 AM

If both the cx500 and cx430 are made by the same company shouldnt the quality be the same?
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January 30, 2013 4:17:31 PM

Rawbunnie said:
If both the cx500 and cx430 are made by the same company shouldnt the quality be the same?


Not necessarily. A lot of these companies - and especially bigger manufacturers like Corsair - don't always have the time or resources to check every product they make, and a lot of it comes from Chinese manufacturers. Quality control is something that is always a tricky issue to address for PC component manufacturers.
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January 30, 2013 4:35:58 PM

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