Which gaming rig is all around better?

2nd of July 2012 2

Which gaming rig is all around better?

Question by : Which gaming rig is all around better?
I have a little experience building computers, however, never hardcore gaming PC’s. Now I have done a lot of research and have come up with 2 similar rigs, and similar prices to boot. I just need to know:
1. Is one better than the other?
2. Are there any improvements I can make to either?
3. Are all the components compatible (each individual rig of course)

Also, I have approximately a $ 1,300 price range, obviously less is better.

RIG 1: $ 1,029.42

* ASUS LGA 1155 – Z68 – PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

* EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card – Lifetime Warranty 01G-P3-1563-AR

* Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD10EALX

* Cooler master Power Supply 240-Pin 400 Power Supply RS400-PSARJ3-US

* Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)

* Intel Core i7-2600K Processor

* Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

* Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 – Retail (Black)

2ND RIG: $ 1,041.28

* Intel Core i7-960 Processor 3.20 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366

* ASUS Socket 1366/Intel X58/Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/SATA3.0&USB3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard s SABERTOOTH X58

* Kingston HyperX 12GB Kit (3x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory (KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX)

* Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP No PS Mid Tower Case (Black)

* Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD10EALX

* SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

* Antec TruePower New TP-550 550 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply

* Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)


Also, I am purchasing this all on amazon. Thank you in advance.

Best answer:

Answer by Brandon
go with rig 2 and if i were you i would switch out the Asus mother board for a gigabyte one, they mke more reliable motherboards, and youll need a better power supply at least a 750 – 1000. oh and get all your parts on newegg.com, they are really cheap, really reliable, and they have customer reviews on everything you buy from them, of and i sujjest getting a full tower (more room to upgrade later) i would go with a phantom full tower. but other than that all great stuff,

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2 great comment(s) for this post

  1. Jake 3:33 pm 2/07 of 2012

    Build 2 is the better one but up the power supply to a corsair professional series hx 650w psu and change the processor to an intel i7 2600k

  2. Anon 4:17 pm 2/07 of 2012

    Rig 1 smokes rig 2 in every way.
    i7 960 is 3 year old CPU tech.
    6870 is slower and has worse drivers than 560 Ti.
    I’d replace the PSU with a Kingwin AP550 though. Have not seen a better deal on a Platinum PSU. It’s ironic, cause their PSUs used to be junk. Now they’re highly efficient with low ripple, and fanless most the time.

    As to the guy suggesting Gigabyte – hell no. They’re as long-lasting as ASUS, but they have a LOT of issues that ASUS don’t. And I have a story I could tell about Gigabyte’s product support (BIOS), but I don’t think anyone cares.. let’s just say don’t buy Gigabyte unless you are buying high end and it’s not the first round of hardware on the market. Even then, Giga still has some ridiculous issues they haven’t fixed in 6 years and probably wont for 2 more years.


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