Re: AMD VS INTEL
The friend that told you intel is more durable doesn't know what he's talkin about. Both AMD and Intel processors will far outlive their required life-span (you're not gonna be using the same computer for 10yrs, which i'm sure they'll last well longer than that)
As for the core 2 quad, they're not very good value. If you're on a very low budget i would assume that those 2 cpus are out of your budget. What is your budget exactly, and list your current components in detail please.
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