Of the two following builds, which would be the best "future-proof" build? My needs do not include gaming as a priority, but enough power in a CPU to at least last the next four years is a must. Both builds include a Hyper 212 fan + heatsink to help me overclock. My budget is pretty much restricted to these "finalized" builds. (These are the absolute maximum because I really pushed my budget with the i5 build. However, I am open to suggestions to lower the prices [i.e. good motherboard for cheaper or cheap HDDs]).
P.S. I have a monitor, decent perifs, and speakers.
P.S.S. Would someone like to check if my power requirements are met? (I don't want too little or too much more than I need [Assume 1 HDD and 1 SSD later with a decent GPU in the future]).
Thanks for the help guys (especially those of you that have helped me before).
You may have better luck being future proof with the AMD setup. I tend believe the intel will have the better future in the market, but the AM3+ mb will be upgradable with a new CPU in a year or two while intel seems to be locking people into new chipsets for new cpus.
I happen to the the PSU you selected for my AMD build and it is fine. If you plan on eventually upgrading to a bulldoser you may want a bigger PSU.
Why don't you have a graphics card on your intel build?
If you really don't plan on gaming you can switch to a 880g based MB such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and remove the graphics card. The built in video can run casual games full screen video and the like just fine. I had that and it was just a tad to slow to run starcraft II
I also recommend going with a higher density ram module such as 1 4gb
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL instead of 2x 2gb modules
What are you doing that you want the overclock, just for kicks or do you have a use in mind?
Intel build definitely. The only thing I would change is the case; I guess the Challenger went up in price on you as it's now $60, while the Antec Three Hundred is $50. You could also go down to the Blackbone or this case if every dollar counts.
Aside from that, there are cheaper motherboards and PSUs available. For the motherboard, I'd keep what you have since the cheaper ones also have worrisome reviews. Your current PSU is fine for a single-card solution. Alternatively, there's the OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W, which starts off $3 more and ends up $28 cheaper after the rebate and Newegg-only giftcard.
Generally speaking "future proofing" is only defined by your own definition. To many people saying the GTX 560 Ti is future proof is just a plain lie. But in my own definition, future proof means to me that I can use that GPU until it reaches a point where it can only play games @ 640 x 480 everything low/off. Therefore I'd say the GTX 560 Ti is in my own definition.
Based on the two builds you gave. I'd say the Intel build is more future proof. The Core i5 2500K is a wonderful processor and will last you quite a while.