$850 Intel or Amd Build?

Hello guys, I have a friend who has observed how good the Pc World seems through my $550 build. He has a strict budget of $850. He will be gaming mostly but maybe a little recording with fraps. He left it up to me to make up the build for him, considering he knows nothing of computers besides surfing the web. I have been putting together two diffrent builds. One Intel the other Amd. Its hard to decide on wich one considering that with $850 you have a wider choice of parts then $550. I would like for you guys to look at my builds and change them if I can get any better peformence. And I cant tell wether Amd or Intel will get me the better peformence. So here you go good sir!

-Amd Build-


-Intel Build-


It will be worth buying two harddrives or a ssd and a harddrive if he whats to record game play so he can record to a differnt disc than the c drive this will help to not get bugs or slowing down of the recorded video 

Id rather not do so. He wouldn't be doing too much recording, and adding another $70 isn't worth it in my mind.

for the amd i would get the new 6350 or lookinto a 8320

I highly recommend going with AMD but doing this build:


The 7950 will kick booty. The 6300, if need be, can easily be overclocked and the CM Hyper 212 EVO will work great. Of course, you'll have to put out a bit more dough, but the gains in overall performance in games will be tremendous. If you can't get the extra money, honestly just get rid of the optical drive (I can assure you I haven't even used the one in my system in at least two years) and wait an extra week to make $15.

As for adding the extra hard drive, you'll need a bigger budget to get the better recordings for FRAPS without seriously downgrading your GPU, which is very important for games.

Here is what I'd consider:

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[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox]AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor[/url] ($127.89 @ Amazon)

[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr1]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] ($24.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpror20]Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard[/url] ($134.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory[/url] ($64.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7td120bw]Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($69.25 @ Amazon)

[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78702gbd52dhppv3e]PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card[/url] ($235.66 @ Newegg)

[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r]Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($49.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9]XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($63.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]Total:[/b] $861.74

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* Added SSD, Better GPU (Tahiti LE is best 7870 - almost 7950 speeds), RAM, PSU, & Case.

* Adjusted the CPU HSF to a more affordable one that performs well for the $.


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz) 

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($59.40 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($238.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Fractal Design Integra R2 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.01 @ Amazon)

Total: $847.94

Drop the cooler and go for a better cpu. That was Logan's advice in some video (don't remember which), saying that even if you plan to overclock the weaker cou, it would be adventagious to just get the better cpu to begin with.

I'd rather not drop the Cpu cooler. To start off with it's only $25 and Logan made a video on the Dark Knight and said it wasn't half bad. If im getting the Fx- 6300 then I would like the Cpu Cooler so I can overclock the Ghz to 4.0. Also how is the Gtx 660? The Asus one I choose for the Intel build has the DCU II cooling so I can overclock it a little. I don't know, I may be a Intel Nividia fan boy but I just have a feeling the Intel will be good for my friend. So can you guys edit the Intel build to make it better? Thanks agian!


The standard hd 7870 is 10% -15% better than a 660 the hd7870xt is a bosted vershon of the hd7870 that is on par with a stock hd7950 and costs less and comes with 3 games (that cost over $100 sell them off your gpu costs you $70-80) the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO beats liquid closed loop coolers (works even better if you add the extra fan for "push pull" and the Dark Knight isent on sale anylonger and costs $50-55 and works sligthly better than the coolermaster)