I am stuck trying to decide between these two CPU's---i7 920 or Amd P2 955. I know that intel has the best CPU's. But I also heard between these two the Amd for gaming purposes is better! I would like to build a new Gaming PC starting with either of these two CPU's. I have around $2000 budget for this build. I also would like to know if it would be better to run two 9800 GTX SLI or to buy one GTX 295. I would like to be able to learn how to overclock sometime, so I would like to have the capability with this build.
Below is what I am running right now! Is there anything I could salvage for my new build?
Tower--Ninja (478x260x540mm) ----This Tower only has two fans and seems to run very hot!!!ASUS Crosshair 941 pin motherboard (Nvidia chipset board) ---***not a Crosshair II***
AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core 5600+ 2.91 ghz
XfX Geforce 9800 GTX + 512 DDr3
372 gb harddrive
Rocketfish 550w power supply---not a very reliable PSU
This is a new build starting from scratch, with the exception that I have Mouse, Keyboard, speakers, 2 drives and Monitor.
Getting both processors is a killer, but just to warn you if you are by any means getting a processor from Core2 family. Core2's DO NOT HAVE L3 CACHE! It may sound stupid now, but in gaming it is very, very important. I personally have a Core2Duo and will be upgrading to PII 940. Every single game lags, but not due to low fps, yet due to low memory accessibility and lack of L3 Cache. Fortunately, Intel fixed this with i7's, but still dude, AMD rules in gaming.
Now, comparing i7 and Phenom II's is a bit stupid. These are the two completely different processors, made for different consumers and different purposes. If you get an i7, you will see a killer performance in 3D rendering, movie making and compressing in WinRAR for example. On the other hand, gaming performance will be solid, but not so good for the price. If you really want to stretch your arms in gaming, go PII straight away. Phenom II is a cheap processor, bogeyman in gaming and solid in compressing. Still, it has no match for i7 in the last thing.
Phenom II Choice: If you are a gamer enthusiast, do not want to spend your money on more expensive stuff just because you want other people to be jealous, go for this. Killer gaming experience at super price!
I7 Choice: If you are a serious programmer, movie maker or you like to play with graphics studios like Photoshop and other, it's a no-brainer. I7 offers unbelievable performance for a quite low price nowdays, so you should consider it in this case.