Any opinions between the two, long term speaking? In terms of price vs convenience speaking. I don't think I need a quad core do I, everybody here seems to always suggest quad core. If you have any suggestions for other processors, that is also appreciated (but also please leave comments about the current two).
For light gaming the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor would be fine.It doesn't put out a lot of heat and it's inexpensive.The AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor puts out a lot of heat but is a slightly better performer.
Another alternative would be to build an Intel based system which would be faster than AMD.The Blood Raven mentioned such an inexpensive system here.An inexpensive Intel CPU and inexpensive motherboard would cost about the same price or perhaps only a little more money.
Look at the last post. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253927-28-information...
For light gaming or perhaps average gaming I would still choose a ATI HD4670 graphics card which has about half of the performance as an HD4850 graphics card.
If you're more comfortable with building an AMD system then go for it.
AMD does have an easier CPU mounting solution.But if you would like to build a faster Intel system that's O.K. as well.
So bobbknight you have had bad luck with Asus?
Hmm I've never had a problem so far with one of their motherboards.
I have 7 Asus based systems going back all the way to 1998 and all of them still work fine.
Yea I kinda don't want to mess with Asus anymore, I only built one computer before and had a bad experience with asus board, I know it isn't right to judge from just one experience, but first impressions do have a lasting effect =P
Could you suggest another board, and I'll just stick with amd for now. Looks like I'll be getting the brisbane.