New build- amd or intel


Jun 24, 2012
Well i am a first time builder and i have put together a build that will suit my needs now and in the future. Looking for this build to be at 1500$. main uses to be photo enhancement(work) and gaming(pleasure). Still not sure if i should stay with intel or use amd??? or if i can save money somewhere with cheaper parts without losing performance? looking to add another video card and more ssd/hdd in the future.

case -NZXT Phantom atx full

memory- G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAB

viedo card- Galaxy 67NPH6DV6KXZ GeForce GTX 670 GC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

mother board- ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

cpu- Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

ssd- OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

psu- OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core

o/s- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

warranty- 1 year on all parts


First off - do not purchase aftermarket warranties - you're really throwing money away on those. All manufacturers including Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, Cooler Master, and so on have their own warranties included with their products and they have to honor them.

I'd switch out a few things - mainly your GPU - go with EVGA as your vendor, switch your CPU to the i5-3450 (which you will need for the Z77), switch your primary SSD to the Vertex 4, and then if you can add an HD that will be very beneficial.

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