Re: Best PC for around $1,200.
I say steer clear of the i7 since (well rumor has it) Intel plans to drop the i7 platform soon. I'm also an AMD fan, so this post may be biased.
Desktop: Phenom II B50 3.1Ghz, 4GB DDR2 800, Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P, 2x 1TB RAID0, GTX 460 1GB, OCZ 600W, ABS Black Pearl
Laptop: i5 430M 2.26Ghz, 4GB DDR3 1066, 500GB WD Blue, Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1GB (discrete)