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    Which PC setup is better?

    Alright, so if I do good on the interview for a job tomorrow, I'm gunna start saving up for a gaming PC. But I'm at a stand still between 2 setups. I need you guys to help me decide which one is better.

    Both will be used for gaming. LoL, Dota2, and Starcraft 2 is all probably.

    PC 1 - AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
    MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    Kingston T1 Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
    Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
    Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
    LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer

    Total of $571 USD ( Currently, $600 when the limited time discounts go away. )



    PC 2 -650 Ti Boost 2GB ( Graphics card )
    i3 2120 ( Dual core )
    MSI Z77A-G45 ( Mobo )
    Ballistix 8GB RAM ( $56 )
    1 TB HDD
    120 GB SSD
    SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ( Power Supply )
    NZXT Tempest 410 ( Cheap $60 case because I don't know if a Fractal Design R4 Black W/ window would be compatable with all these, if you know let me know! )


    Total of $668 USD

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    Mate if you're going to spend $600 on a PC, get a decent CPU. There's been two more gens of CPU's since the second one. Here's something I built up over breakfast - get a second opinion.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $652.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-02 04:38 EDT-0400)
    Last edited by Kandor; 09-02-2013 at 08:39 AM.

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    Can't believe I'm recommending talking to him but...

    Talk to Ezenemy, if I ever need help with my hardware I always go to him.
    Mehfailz x3 and Scooter like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kandor View Post
    Mate if you're going to spend $600 on a PC, get a decent CPU. There's been two more gens of CPU's since the second one. Here's something I built up over breakfast - get a second opinion.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $652.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-02 04:38 EDT-0400)
    dual-core i3? Are you serious?

    I'm using an Inspiron 7720 SE. This is a laptop (not even a gaming variant). I play all the games you have listen and they run fine. Main specs would be a 3.3ghz 4th gen i7, 8gb DDR3, 2GB Nvidia gt650m. I stick to 60fps easily on LoL.

    Also OP, you listed MSI parts a couple of times. I wouldn't touch MSI with a barge pole. They are extremely bad quality.
    Last edited by Jmax09; 09-02-2013 at 09:35 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kandor View Post
    Mate if you're going to spend $600 on a PC, get a decent CPU. There's been two more gens of CPU's since the second one. Here's something I built up over breakfast - get a second opinion.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $652.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-02 04:38 EDT-0400)
    I would choose a 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor over any variant of a dual core i3. I'm not going to be doing overclocking. I do like that you put in the case I asked for though.
    ( I would never choose an i3 if I had the choice, I wanted an i5 5770k for my top PC, but it's twice the cost. )
    Last edited by Omegwavex; 09-02-2013 at 02:14 PM.

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    Yeah I didn't read OP properly, where it said gaming or when I picked dual core - did say get a second opinion (:

    #observation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmax09 View Post
    dual-core i3? Are you serious?

    I'm using an Inspiron 7720 SE. This is a laptop (not even a gaming variant). I play all the games you have listen and they run fine. Main specs would be a 3.3ghz 4th gen i7, 8gb DDR3, 2GB Nvidia gt650m. I stick to 60fps easily on LoL.

    Also OP, you listed MSI parts a couple of times. I wouldn't touch MSI with a barge pole. They are extremely bad quality.
    You're using league as a bench mark?
    I bet you get sick framerates in ypp as well.
    Also MSI are extremely good quality, second best after Asus.

    OP if you're going for an FX just splurge on the 8350, otherwise wait for the new APU's.

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    Motherboard - EVGA SRX

    Processor - Intel Xeon 2687 (Cpu x2)

    Cpu Cooling - Frostbyte 360 x2

    Memory - 96 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum (1600 Speed)

    Graphics - Nvidia GTX Titan (x4 Graphics SLI)

    Hard Drive - 240 GB NeutronGTX Solidstate (x2 Raid 0)

    Case - Corsair 900D (Custom Alliance Paint)

    Power Supply - 1500 Watt EVGA Supernova Classified

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryoma View Post
    You're using league as a bench mark?
    I bet you get sick framerates in ypp as well.
    Also MSI are extremely good quality, second best after Asus.

    OP if you're going for an FX just splurge on the 8350, otherwise wait for the new APU's.
    It's useless me using Crysis 3 as a benchmark because he obviously doesn't intend to play it... logic pls

    MSI is not good quality. They really shirk off quality control to save money. That being said, you have your opinion. I don't want to get into a huge circle-jerk over this.

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