First, I just wanna thanks every computer builders, people making comments, analyzing and suggesting all over the FF XIV forums. For me and many more, even if we ask a lot of questions and, sometimes, are not the best listener and all-knowing afterward, you have the patience to answer us through. So here's another question, and, even if it's still another "opinion" post, I really think I finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Bear with me a little more please :).
Well, after some days (weeks) of reading, browsing Newegg, Dell and stuff. I've actually found a perfect store near me (well, 90 miles not too far when there's almost free shipping). Even so, I am still torn between some builds. They are designed to play FF XVI and his expansions (well I think, see end of post). I want to possibly go higher than 5000 on the benchmark on Low, and 3000 on high.
i5-750 @ 3.4 ghz (OC)
GTX 470 1280 DDR5 or ATI Rad. HD 5850 (whichever is best)
Seagate HDD 250g SATA 2(IMO, don't need more than that for FF or WoW (I play both))
4 GB RAM
Win 7 64
1268 $ (GTX 470) or 1229$ (Radeon HD5850)
i7-920 @ 3.33 ghz (OC)
ATI Radeaon HD5770
Seagate HDD 250g SATA 24 GB RAMPSU 480WWin 7 64
4 GB RAM
PSU 480W (probably upgrade to 550W)
1342 $ (5770)
Seriously, I am very tempted with the first build, more than the second. But, I am still anxious about the motherboard longevity. Even though I plan to play FF XIV and his future expansion then retire my gaming days afterward, I really wonder if i5-750 and his Mobo are a good choice for 3-5 years, compared to the i7. I probably fear that future expansions asks more than what the first build could handle (i5 and mobo I mean). Also I am still wondering which one is more powerful GTX 470 or Radeon HD 5850. Such difficult choices...To summarize, it's cheap and powerful, but I think it lacks some kind of longevity.
As for the 2nd build, I know the 5770 is the "worst" part. But since everything else is still pretty good and can handle a few year, I could wait and buy a better video card in time. I don't think it will reach 5000 on benchmark on Low, but I think a 4000-4500 is more respectable until I switch the 5770. It's also pretty much costly (IMO) than the first build.
Any opinion on this is very appreciated.
EDIT: small correction.
EDIT 2 : Added HD 5850 to 1st build
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