I'm about to purchase a new gaming rig and I'm currently considering various parts. My dilemma is which CPU I should pick up.
My choice seems to be either an Intel E8500 with a corresponding Motherboard (The 8600 seems a bit too pricey) or an AMD Phenom II.
I've gathered that the E8500 will, slightly, outperform the Phenom in gaming but lacks possible future upgrades.
Which one will you guys recommend?
The rig will almost exclusively be used for gaming, plus the standard browsing, music etc. My total budget for the entire rig is roughly 600-800 bucks, though I'm not entirely certain of that as I'm, in a Pc shopping sense, living on the wrong side of the pond and prices are a fair bit higher over here.
If you're an overclocker, go for the E8500/E8400 with an ASUS P45 mobo, you'll be able to easily reach say 4 Ghz on air cooling, and that's more than enough for 99% of gamesbeating the phenom II .
If you don't plan to OC, then stick with AMD and the choices the guys gave you, they'll perform better at stock speeds.
That is a fake picture and processor. Only AMD produces processors, they don't ask Asus or gigabyte for that. You have misplaced that with the graphics cards, which are being produced by companies such as Asus. And the proof that the picture is fake: I personally have an AMD Phenom II 955, and all boxes are the same, except they put some kind of sticker on the upper left corner of the front side indicating a specific model. Here is an example: