I will be starting a new work from home job and need to upgrade my rig. Just going to go with a pre-built "bare bones" type and cannibalize my old rig for the HDD's and use the rest of it to replace my wife's obsolete pc. Here are the 2 I'm considering. Keep in mind that not only with this be my work PC, but my play rig that will see gaming as well as picture editing and video en/decoding.
Both are within $7 of each other so the price isn't a factor. My main thing was going with either the newer CPU in #1 with a little less RAM and GPU power, or going with the older CPU but with a little more RAM and GPU power in #2. If it matters #1 will be liquid cooled while #2 air cooled. Both also come with a 500GB HDD and 24x DVD-RW DL drives.
#1 doesn't have to be liquid cooled, just the default selection that was a free upgrade that I didn't uncheck. #2 Could have the non-se GTX460. Also I can upgrade #1 to the GTX460 if I knock the PSU down to 600watts.
The 2600K is much better then the 950. I seem to remember someone posting a chart showing the GTS450 OCed editions to be faster then the GTX460SE. You could OC rig 1 and have the better of both.
Another issue I see is the lack of PSU data. 700W from whom? Assuming its the same people that supply the case then option 2 becomes a better idea. Xion PSUs are junk, while ThermalTake can provide decent ones. I'd probably buy the first one, but replace the PSU assuming I got junk.
I can guarantee that if you can spare 2 hours you can build yourself a computer as good if not better and with quality parts for the same price. The closest a prebuilt can ever come to a custom made one is same power for similar price (but with low quality parts)
But that aside, I would go with number 1, downgrade the PSu to 600W and get a GTX460 in it
I can build one in much less than 2 hours but I priced #2 on newegg for just the CPU/MOBO/GPU/RAM/Case to be in the range of the pre-build system that has all of that plus the PSU, HDD, DVD drive, and a warranty. If someone would like to build me a rig I would look at their specs. Must have a Gigabyte Mobo, Core I-7 CPU, EVGA nVidia GPU, 4+ gigs of DDR3 1600 RAM, 600+ Watt PSU, and at least leave $100 for a nice case and it must cost less than $800 but would prefer top cost $750. I more complete rig, including 500+ GB hdd, 24x DVD-RW DL drive, and upgraded heatsink for less than $1K.
I've also built one with a cheaper case and less RAM to bump up the GPU
#4:Antec Three Hundred, EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked 1280MB, Antec EarthWatts 650W, OCZ Obsidian Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600, GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4, Intel Core i7-2600K
All 4 are within $10 of each other. Only pre-built #1 and #2 come with HDD's, DVD drives, and upgraded heatsinks. #3 and #4 are from new egg and only include what is listed. Shipping is not included in any of them.
I like the Antec cases because, well, they're Antec cases. The Thermaltake case has the dual dockinig station on top which is awesome as long as you have enough SATA connectors on your MOBO, which I should have. The NZXT case just looks awesome and the XCLIO are lit with nice led's which make them look great. The Cooler Master has great reviews, the Rosewill has a cool look to it. The Raidmax worries me about quaility, I had a bad experience with their PSU's, but it looks nice. Zalman is a trusted brand and the case is reasonably good looking.
My requirements for a case are: At least 4 internal 3.5" bays, at least 2, prefer 4, USB ports ON TOP of the case, be less than $100, and not look like a plain black box.
They will not be mixed. My work will be contained on a completely separate HDD that will be swapped out after every shift and will be backed up daily just before it is swapped out. I'll keep it in my office lock box in an anti-static bag. As for reliability that is why I am buying only name brand products from a trusted vendor. As for warranty there will be the manufactures warranty on them plus if I need something replaced I can always over-night a part and just get get a refund for what is broken. Security is not much of an issue considering my connection to work will be through a VPN and will be monitored on both ends. As for cost, I'm not going to try to take this off my taxes considering it will also be a personal use rig and I just don't want to have to go through all that mess anyway.