But if you buy AMD you have to buy the same expensive RAM just to have your system competitive with Intel when Intel is using crappy 533MHz DDR2... So if you do not plan on overclocking, DDR533 will do for Intel, But AMD needs low latency DDR800...
If your overclocking either, better RAM is Better RAM!
How many posts have we seen here on THG "AM2 Ram problem" "AM2 wont run" etc etc etc. A bunch. Because people bought cheap RAM.
Dont get me wrong, Im not knocking AM2 or AMD, Im a fan of both, but the argument that an AM2 system is cheaper than a Core 2 system because of mobo costs is purely fallacious. Yes the average Core 2 mobo price is about $90 more, but when you add in the RAM costs, the price differential skews the other way.
Whether BM, MMM or 9 nm like it or not, Core 2 performs better, cheaper