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Two comps, which is better for gaming?

  1. I have all necessary peripherals. I do not use speakers only headphones.
    The computer will mostly be used for gaming. my budget is $2000 with shipping so a little less(would dislike going a penny over that). I live in the U.S. west Virginia. I prefer online shopping newegg or tigerdirect is what i am most familiar with. I'm basically posting here because I set out to build my first computer and got completely overwhelmed by all the different hardware choices.

    I want to know which of these computer builds are better than the other, or if you wish to share a computer build thats better than both of these thats in my 2000 dollar budget range that would be most helpful since I don't exactly know what I am doing.

    I am not a hardware guy so if i screwed up or forgot anything please let me know. I still need to pick a case I could care less if it looks fancy or what have you as long as it has space, good air flow and can fit the hardware. i reserved about $100 for that.

    I am also concerned with compatibility issues like will that card work with this motherboard or will the power supply support the hardware. Also both builds only have 8GB of RAM which i find troubling since I will not have the money to upgrade this thing for years to come.

    The first build was taken mostly from The luxury PC buyers guide
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/

    Motherboard -GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($319.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128480&Tpk=Gigabyte P67A-UD7

    Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K ($314.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

    Memory - CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 ($98.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324

    Graphics - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($489.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&cm_re=GeForce_GTX_580-_-14-130-587-_-Product

    Storage (SSD) - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($134.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...e=Crucial_RealSSD_C300-_-20-148-357-_-Product

    Storage - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive $(68.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...3r-_-Hard Drives-_-Western Digital-_-22136283

    Optical - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($19.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Second Optical - LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM ($77.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181R

    Power - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply ($119.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_re=17-139-_-17-139-021-_-Product

    Case $100 (undecided)

    Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM ($139)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992


    Comes out to about $1885
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    This second build I chose most of the parts my self.

    Motherboard - MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($294.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130289

    Processor - Intel Core i7-940 Bloomfield 2.93GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601940 ($259.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115201

    Memory - G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    Graphics - MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (x2) ($354.99 each)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127564

    Storage (SSD) - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($134.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...e=Crucial_RealSSD_C300-_-20-148-357-_-Product

    Storage - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive $(68.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...3r-_-Hard Drives-_-Western Digital-_-22136283

    Optical - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($19.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Second Optical - LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM ($77.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181R

    Power - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply ($74.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    Case $100 (undecided)

    Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM ($139.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    Comes out to about $1981
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,832   +164

    I build gaming computers for under $800. A $2000 budget would give me a good profit


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