I want to trade out the E5200 that I currently have running in my machine, but since it turns out that the i7's all run on LGA1366, I'm going to need to get a new mobo anyway. With that in mind, I'm considering getting and AMD CPU instead; supposedly they're better for a budget buyer, which I definitely am.
Who's lineup is better in the $300-$400 price range (including a new mobo), intel or AMD?
Eh, I'm not gonna need bleeding edge tech in the next 2 years. As long as this set-up will support next year's mid-range graphics card, I'm good to go. Although, I built my current setup off techreport's guide for christmas of last year...and it's most up-to-date version is recommending using an AMD chip.
If they're still recommending an AMD setup around Christmas time, I might go down that path...there's no point in future proofing too far if I'm just gonna be swapping out parts every year or two anyway