Need help on choosing a gaming desktop

So I am thinking of buying the alienware x51 desktop for gaming.(To be able to play Planetside 2 on ultra or high with no lag)
So which one is the best...


One has an 3rd gen i5 with a GTX 660 and the other one has a 2nd gen i7 with a GT 545.
I don't really know the difference so I would also like to know why it's better than the other.
(If theres a better desktop with prices around 1000 please tell,it also has to be in best buy.)
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    Hi. The i5 with the GTX 660 is the best of the two and all desktop less than $1000 at Best Buy if you must buy one from them.

    Edit: It's funny and sad that the next best GPU is a GTX 650 and a lot of GT 630 and GT 620. If you're willing to build one, you can get a much better desktop for that budget.
  2. Best answer selected by sagat231.
  3. Ok, thank you I'm going to buy it now :D.
  4. You're welcome. I can't help but feel a little sad inside. :cry:
  5. Why?
  6. sagat231 said:

    You can build a computer twice as good for the same price.
  7. What tiny voices said but I understand that not everyone can build a PC for various reasons.
  8. tiny voices said:
    You can build a computer twice as good for the same price.

    Ya, I would build it my own if I had any experience or help with it.
  9. Its not very hard at all. There are many guides online to help.
  10. With your budget you could build a computer that can max games for a while and a few years down the road still play games on high settings.

    This alienware will only get you high settings within a year and won't be very upgradeable.
  11. It's not very hard if you're willing to try. Everyone has to start somewhere right? But you are entitled to make your own decision and we're just here to help. Here's a building guide with videos just so you get some idea of how it's done even if you're going to buy a PC. Who knows it might come in handy someday: :)
  12. Ok, I'll try to look into it and learn some things.
    If it really is easy then maybe I'll build it if not then I'll stick with pre-builds.
    Thank you for all your help and recommendations.
  13. You're welcome and remember that we're here to help if you need it.
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