Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:08 PM
It will perform just as good, you'll benefit from the RAM alot due to photoshop.
A good i5 rig needs more money put to it. Although the CPU is better, the PII is still great! And with an $800 budget it's pretty much going to have to be a PII.
And the GPU and mobo cost the same, you can change the GPU to something else if you want, I just think it's always nice to have any video card in a build. And the 9600gt a decent card for it's price.
In terms of upgrades, they're pretty similar. But I'm not sure how far Intel is willing to take the 1156 socket in general, the AM3 might be around longer than 1156. The Asus i5 mobo has an extra PCI-E slot, but you're barely putting a GPU in the build anyway, so that doesn't matter. That Asus mobo has more to it I will admit, but.. well what do you expect it costs more:) that AM3 mobo is a great deal for it's price and there's plenty of slots on it for any upgrades.
For $800 just go with a PII, it will perform great.
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