I am not looking for a beast of a machine for the gaming I will do on it. Just one that will handle my HD videos, my programs, my games, and won't suck at it while doing it.
Most intense things it will run: Adobe Photoshop, 1080p videos, valve games, and not much else. Most office applications I plan on using should run fine along with any other programs. This thing should run WOW fine as well and should not be too bad for StarCraft 2.
Most intense game it will run is likely StarCraft 2. I am not trying to make sure it will play games that come after 2010. Just most games out there right now. When the time comes I plan to upgrade it and its parts.
Well, most components wouldn't really change. Case, ram, hard drive, and power supply would pretty much remain the same. Both are under $800(under $750 that I actually wanted before taxes). Which do you think I would get more performance from or would it be much different at all? The difference between both configurations is not that great(under $100) although the Intel/Nvidia one tends to come out on the more expensive side. I plan on using Linux apart from Windows 7 in dual boot. Both will run 64 bit versions of OSes. Any opinions on which will perform better for the money?
I plan on ordering a good chunk of parts later this Sunday and the rest to follow shortly. Build date is to be before mid June. StarCraft 2 is the most demanding game it will run and it will never run any res on a single display above 1680x1050 in the short term. If I get a nice IPS panel that is bigger and nice the earliest it will be is a year from now so I would upgrade the graphics card then if I needed more power. I am open to recommendations as well apart from opinions on these two builds.