I've been an AMD user for quite a while, enough to actually not follow the intel improvements
and i must admit that i had to do quite some reading to get up to date, to even know the last intel sockets.
My first computer was an intel and that was back in ´97.
Now I am having second thoughts on building an AMD machine after reading a bit in the forums..
I was thinking of the AMD mainly for the price and secondly for the ease of overclocking since my level
in overclocking is very basic and i definitely wouldn't overclock it to extreme levels anyway.
Are the these intel easy to overclock?
Does the migration to Intel worth the extra price?
By the way, the use will probably consist of a bit of gaming, some video encoding, rendering and normal everyday stuff like file transfers, RAR files etc etc. So I would think I want something not purely for gaming but an all around CPU.
I would say quad-core. the reason i say this i own one. and i burn in the cpu at 3.0/1333 stock Voltage
Q6600 G0 3.0/1333 Stock voltage with zalman 9500
Cosair XMS2 DDR2 800 at ddr2 667 timing 5-5-5-15 1:1 stock voltage
PowercColor 1950 pro x2 cooler.
Thermaltake Armor series 8000 case.
Thermaltake ToughPower 700watt
my computer runs very good it was very easy to o/c the q6600. plus this is a good o/c clock you get the 1333 FSB and 3GHz Per-Core.
Non-O/C 25c ideal and 40c on load so the differnce is like 3c+ ideal and 5c for load.
Mine runs at 28Ideal and 45c with all cores %100 did 16 hour prime95 test's and it sable. and cool.
While the nForce chips give you SLI, but P35 will perform better and be able to OC the same if not better.
But go with what you would prefer. I just prefer Intels chipsets over any other since they know thier chip and know what it can and can't do.
Plus in mid 08 you will be able to upgrade to a Penryn(if you feel like doing so) where as I cannot tell you if the 650i/680i will support it. Only reason why you would need to upgrade to the Yorkfield(Penryn Quad core) is that they got it to OC to 3.8GHz(the EE one) from 3GHz and it was still running on a 1.35vcore(same as the QX6850 at stock) and it produced even less heat.
I plan on upping when it comes out (to the 2.66GHz version) just for kicks. But good luck with your build. I hope it serves you well. I can't tell you if it will run Crysis as I have a 2900Pro 1GB but since the 8800GT seems to be pounding the 8800GTS 640 I bet it will be able to play at a mid resolution.