Well I am building a new gaming rig and im not sure what to get. Originally I built an AMD rig, but then looked at different reviews and talked to different people, and they all said I should go with intel. So i build this. Let me know what you think, I wanna keep it below $1,500.
No Need for DDR2-1066 RAM.
DDR2-800 will let you OC that Chip to 3.6Ghz, though you may only be able to hit 3.4Ghz due to temp limits. Depends on the chip.
Why on earth a Phenom?
It's slower per clock and will run about 1.0Ghz slower due to all of the current L3 Cache issues.
Maybe AMD will get it fixed sometime next year, but right now I would not touch a Phenom unilt they get the L3 cache issue fixed.
However, I would not hold my breath on that one.
From what I have read, it's been a long know issue and they have not fixed it yet and the primary reason they have continually dialed back the clock speeds.