I understand that you're "a AMD guy". I like AMD too, but the sad truth is that they aren't currently in the picture when it comes to high-end gaming CPU's. AMD had their turn on the top of the pile for a while until the Core2Duo chips came out. Intel's been on top since then. I hope AMD can come out with a CPU to compete in the high-end, but Intel's being very aggressive with their tick-tock strategy. Intel's currently so far in the lead that they're competing with themselves with the new i7 chips. I'm rooting for AMD too, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to buy an inferior chip just because it was made by AMD. I just buy whatever offers the highest performance for my money, and at the moment that means Intel.
ok, thats understandable and completely logical. However, the price for that CPU is kinda out of my budget. Is this CPU blowing the doors off AMD 9950s that I should pay double? I'm going for best bang for the buck really. I have a nice line of credit with newegg but I'm not trying to go crazy.