Can't decide between these two builds


  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 
  • Motherboard: MSI 890GXM-G65 Micro ATX  AM3 Motherboard 
  • Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory 
  • Hard Drive: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
  • VideoCard: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card
  • Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case 
  • PowerSupply: XClio 550W ATX Power Supply 
  • Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer 


  • CPU: AMD FX-4300 CPU - 3.8GHz
  • Motherboard: AMD970 Motherboard
  • Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM:
  • Hard Drive: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive
  • VideoCard: XFX Radeon HD 7870 Graphics Card
  • Case: Thermaltake V3 Mid Tower + 500W PSU
  • Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer 

Alright, The 965 will probably do better than the 4300 IIRC. You are better off with a 970 mobo (preferable a 990fx, if you can swing it, but a 970 is pretty damn good too). Memory, G.Skill has better prices than Corsair generally speaking, so I would go with them. For the PSU, I really wouldn't want one that comes with a case, unless it is a bundle with a reputable PSU in the first place. For storage, if you don't have the space, you will probably want to go with something like a 2tb Seagate as they have a pretty good storage:price ratio, but if you do have storage already, an SSD is a great thing to have. Honestly, 128gb isn't really enough for all games and programs, but you can put most of your frequently accessed stuff on there. That is up to you. For the video card, look into the 7870 XT/Tahiti LE. They are tuned down versions of the 7950 at the price of a 7870. That is where I would want to put my money.

That PSU is going to explode, and bring your entire system with it. I repeat, DO NOT buy that PSU. Get a Rosewill Capstone 550W Modular PSU instead. For the love of all that is holy, do not buy that PSU.

The 965 will be a better option, by the way.