i gotta get my 2 cents in if it isnt too late.
in general, intel is ahead of amd in performance.
but it really comes down to your budget.
*if you have unlimited cash flow, i7 rig is the way to go
*if you have 250-350 for cpu alone, go with intel (i7 or c2q)
*if you have 200-250 for cpu alone, you have a few options
a) q9400 by intel, this is a very nice cpu on the 775 board
b) phenom II 940 by amd, again, very nice cpu on the am2+ board
c) wait for the phenom II 955 to launch for the am3 board, altho this may be more than 250, but we dont know yet.
*if you have 150-200 for cpu alone, again you have a few options
a) q6600 by intel, these are older but still very nice if you can find a good batch #
b) phenom II 920 by amd, this can almost match the phenom II 940, but with the multi locked, that makes it a lil harder to reach the high OC's. This uses a am2+ board
c) e8400/e8500 by intel, these OC like monsters but still dual cores, and still very nice.
*if you have 100-150 for cpu alone, i think your best bet would be to go with the phenom II x3 720. its currently $135 and it screams bang for buck, while having better performance @ stock speeds than the e8000 series and can still overclock pretty darn well. this uses the am3 board
*if your budget is less than 100, you cant go wrong with either of these below
a)e5300 by intel on the 775 board
b)x2 7750 by amd on the am2+ board
both of these chips are great bang for the buck and will provide enough punch for 95% of the computer users today imo.
*if you have less than 50 to spend on a cpu alone, i suggest you save up your money or get your priorities in order.
Originally Posted by Poizen22
its a litle harder. they arent pins as much as they are folded gold tabs lol. i apreciated them alot when i whent to intel, i disliked the pins on my 4000+ lapping would be a nightmare. also with my socket 939 build i pulled the cpu out of the socket almost everytime i took my hsf off.
i did that when building my x2 6400 machine last january. pulled the heatsink/fan off and the cpu came out with it even tho it was locked in, it bent about 20% of the pins, spent a good hour or so using a mag. glass and a pocket knife fixing it.
i was sweating horridly doing the job because i had spent my last dime on the other parts and i needed to get the rig up and running lol.