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Deciding a Desktop configuration for Gaming and programming

10 November 2012 - 05:07 PM

Greetings to all!
I'm on a very low budget of £510 or $815. For the last month I've been looking for a configuration to suit my gaming and programming/rendering needs within this money frame, asked a few people and was given a lot of different opinions. I am very thorn between 2 configurations

Tower: ATX, CoolerMaster K350, 600W PSU
MB: Asus P8B75-M LE, DDR3, PCI-E 3.0, SB7.1,....., uATX
Memory: 2x4GB(could be 2x8 if needed) DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance
CPU: Core i5 3450 (3.1/3.5GHZ [Turbo Boost], 6 MB L3, 650MHz GPU)
GPU: AMD HD7850, 2GB, Sapphire PCI-E, DDR5, 256bit  //Was looking for a geforce equivalent for a similar price but couldn't find any according to benchmarks
HDD: WD 500GB Caviar Black 7200 rpm 32MB SATA3  //Already got this

A cheap tower with not so cheap PSU
MB with 1156/1366 socket
Memory 2x4GB or 2x3GB respectively
CPU: Core i7 870 or i7 920 respectively OC with water cooling
GPU: Geforce gtx 480
HDD: WD 500GB Caviar black 7200 32Mb SATA3  //Already got this

I am aware that the 1st config's tower+PSU is quite a cheap offer so the PSU may not be any good. I was told that the 2nd configuration would suit both of my needs, that it will last for  3-4 years and also that the 1st configuration's components are of low quality and would cause many problems. But I am very sceptical that games would run with very high performance on high settings.
Game targets are: Guild Wars2, Battlefield 3, Witcher 2 enhanced edition, etc.
My Monitor is 19", 60Mhz, supports res only up to 1280 x 1024 but will buy a new one after Christmas 22-23" 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1080

TL;DR: Can the first configuration last some 2-3 years component durability-wise and also be used for programming, 3d rendering and stuff? What about the second one?