Hey guys, I am a semi-newbie. I love building computers and hardcore gaming rigs and use for computer aided drafting and design. I am about to do a rebuild of my current system. I have dwindled it down to two possible setups. Until now all my systems I have built have been AMD. However I have been debating whether or not to try out a Intel setup. I have a budget of $510. I have 2 Nvidia GTX 260's from my previous rig that I am going to transfer over along with my HDD's and an 850watt PSU. I am not in the market for the parts I have just listed; only a motherboard, cpu and ram. Here are the setups I am thinking of using:
I'd agree with JofA - but I'd also change the CPU to the 955 @3.2Ghz and save the $15 - $30 price difference and then as soon as I assembled the system increase the CPU multiplier by +1 to change the clock to 3.4Ghz. to get the same performance as the 965.
JofaMang and JDFan, Thank you very much!! I was thinking the same thing exactly. I have only built AMD pc's, and I have grown to love AMD. I just was thinking about switching up. But if there is gonna be no real difference in performance and I am going to spend almost 70 bucks more on the Intel rig = no sense LOL. Thank you guys very much!