Actually amd has the $ per performance segment has for a long while. A $99 5000+ BE will get you ALOT more for the $ then a intel right now.
Dont forget BE has unlocked multi and is made specifically for overclocking (something else intel doesnt do).
My 5000+BE is at 3.1ghz with no vcore bump, idles at 27c, Id be glad to share benches to intels and make a $ ratio for you! Not to mention a really good oclock board on amd is $80! How much for a Intel board that really makes the cpu clock?
I considered both this last time. And while intel was faster, not nearly by enough to justify the cost for me. Dont forget AMD has the best mem latency too.
have this one, it can support Phenom but you will have to flash the BIOS to the F4 BIOS.
Dont get THAT board, why for $15 or so more you can get a REAL phenom board. Those only partly support it, just enough to work. AMD has said many times to FULLY support phenom with HT3 (faster bus) and the ability to use the advanced power saving tech you need a AM2+ board. Am2+ compatable is NOT the same. Thats just a cpu micro code update to bios so it can run it- but not with all its features. Get a true am2+ board for the money. Right now that means the AMD/ATI chipsets nvidia doesnt have it out yet ALL theirs are just compat not fully support am2+. Only 770,790 that are true am2+ right now.
Wait for the B3 revision Phenom is has the TLB (Look aside buffer for L3) erratta fixed. The ones out now will have a micro update applied that will drop the speed a bit how much we dont know yet. Best to just wait for the already fixed cores to be out in a month or two.