i'm currently in the process of building a new gaming pc.. it used to be that amd was a better choice for the system i'm building, but i haven't been in the pc field for awhile now and i've read conflicting reviews about amd. so, i'm asking for advice choosing between amd athlon 64 x2 6400+ processor or an intel core 2 extreme qX6850 3.0GHz 8mb cache 1333mhz fsb based system???
i play a lot of fps games, such as battlefield 2, joint operations series, call of duty series, medal of honor series and occasionally flight sim x.
here's a brief system stats i have picked out so far;
System Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB HDD, 10K RPM, 16MB, SATA-150
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate
now, if this was a few years ago i'd definitely go with the amd processor, but i've read a lot of good reviews of intels new core 2 extreme specifically for gaming. can anyone help me decide between the two?
Dont go intel for Quad core, AMD has released their quad core and how it works is allot better then intel for now. intel is going to have to redesign theirs to keep up.
I have a very similar setup to what you listed.
Its up to you if you wana pay more for .2ghz but the 6000 should do fine. the M2N boards are VERY memory picky, dont get OCZ with M2N boards unless you KNOW it will work. Patriot, Corsair, and Crucial work well that I know of. As for OS get Vista ultimate and go 64bit, get 4-8GB memory and pwn vista. i dont have a single problem with vista, doubt i will anytime soon with my setup. (see below) You dont need a PhysX card... trust me, i got one... waste of money, the new vid cards are built to handle more so physics are no longer a pain to them.
oh yea also! that board is AM2+ compatible (AMD quads will work on it)