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a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2010 4:26:37 PM

I'd pick the i5 machine if I was buying.

It's got a faster CPU, uses DDR3 instead of DDR2, and the hard drive is twice as big, for the same price.

Only thing the second one has going for it is a better video card, but honestly the 250 GTS is not THAT far behind and you can replace it easily when the time comes.

If you ever want to upgrade your CPU beyond this, the AMD machine might offer better flexibility in the long-term than a socket 1156 system. But realistically, an i5 ought to last you long enough that you'll be better off just building a whole new machine by then.
January 16, 2010 3:17:10 AM

me too, the i5 would be my choice. 2 times hdd capacity and ddr3... :) 
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2010 11:34:34 AM

Don't know. The specs aren't detailed enough. The i5 system has a junk PSU. You have no idea what kind of drive the 1 TB drive is.

The second system looks like it has the same PSU.

You have no idea what motherboards are used in each system. Likewise memory.

I'd order parts from newegg so I knew exactly what I was getting even if it cost a little more.