AMD or Intel on a budget

I thought I had to go AMD for price so I purchased:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Now I am getting a lot of feedback that I should have stuck with Intel for my new build. So who can come up with a better Intel CPU & Mobo at around $150? E5200 with mobo? Would it be worth it to send the AMD back? Would I need a cooler for whatever you can come up with or is stock ok?

Which would be better upgradable?

Am adding it to:

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: Radeon X1950PRO 256MB PCIe GDDR3

I already have purchased these other components and got many at better prices than NewEgg so not inclined to change them, except maybe add memory.

This will be a XP system with only occasional WoW gaming ect.
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  1. For what you want to do the hardware you have should be just fine.
  2. Get faster ram. AMD systems suffer with slower ram as intels do not. You should get at least DDR2 800 since its cheap. There really isnt a reason to go with DDR667 on a AMD build.
  3. +1 on the RAM, and possibly a newer GPU, the lower end current gen AMD/ATI cards are fantastic value.
  4. naa stick to 800 RAM, best price point.
  5. Hmm...

    How do memory multis work on HT?

    Obviously you can't go for the 1:1 ratio like an intel FSB system,what's the most efficient way to do it?
  6. Ill send you some memory for $20.
    It might look like an over-ripe banana wrapped in a bit of selotape but i can assure you that it will run as well as the competition

    Cant beat quality :D
  7. Epic fail!
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