Originally Posted by nick0530
What are the differences from the AMD and the nForce motherboards?
And the AMD and Intel processors?
Pros / Cons of each for gaming?
Trying to make sure I won't spend money on something I wouldn't want.
Also, I saw the power supplies that you linked baron, and I was thinking about using the pc cooling one, but it had some bad reviews, so do you or thresh have another suggestion for a power supply?
nForce mobos tend to have more problems, but not always. You need one if you want to go SLI, unless you were getting an i7 chip because the X58 chipset supports SLI and crossfire
Intel is the leader in processors right now but on the low/mid end AMD is a strong competitor.
The e8500 is a great cpu for gaming. The core 2 duo series is a very good architecture. Its what brought intel back on top. For AMD, a good gaming cpu is the x3 720. They are starting to make a comeback but they still have a long ways to go as the i7 whoops everything AMD has to offer. You are asking very general questions so its hard to give you a good answer as each cpu is different.
PC Power & Cooling is the best PSU maker around. Don't bother with newegg reviews. Most of the people on there don't know what they are talking about. You can't go wrong with PC P&C trust me.
Here is something to look over about PSUs. Notice in where he does the simple version of the best to worst, PC P&C is second. I don't know where to get Super Micro PSUs so PC P&C is your best bet.
EDIT: Forgot to put in my link http://www.techist.com/forums/f76/re...-guide-137927/