I don't know what you mean by better. The Intel i7 processors are faster than the fastest AMD processors, and speed is certainly one measure of goodness, but on your budget, you can't afford the Intel i7 processors. As far as function, power used, reliability, which are other measures of goodness, they are about the same. When you start looking at what you can afford, I think you will get more for your money if you look at AMD. Not only are the processors themselves less expensive, but the mother boards are also less expensive. And it may be easier set up an ATI GPU on a motherboard that has an AMD chipset.