CPU Core2 Quad E8300 2.5 Ghz, Gigabyte Motherboard ga-g41 ddr3, vs. Intel Core i5 3350P, Gigabyte motherboard H61M-S2PV - for my gamer son - which is better? Have the Ati Radeon ASUS HD7770 v2 (1GB, DDR5, 128BIT) in both and Ram Corsair 8gb 1333. Trying to decide and just can't - the i5 is a little more expensive but is it worth the extra money?
I'd go for newer components. It'll be a lot easier going DDR3 and with advancements in technology it has pushed prices are down and parts/components are of better quality and craftsmanship.
There are architectural advancements between the C2Q vs the I5 as well. Also considering the manufacturing process, the I5 can draw less power and provide more performance vs the C2Q.
That I5 will last you; the C2Q is at the end of it's line.