From any perspective i5 is the way to go without a doubt. On the subject of Asus motherboards I would have to see the reviews that rate them poorly in order to believe it - Asustek is an excellent manufacturer, and I personally have owned two of their boards and had no problems with them.
i5 with single card setup that will lay waste to most intel AND amd setups.
or if you want to spend the big bucks do a i7 920 with a sli setup on x58 mobo and overclock it. In my opinion not really worth the extra 500+ dollars for second graphics card, more expensive mobo, and more expensive cpu when they are gonna be dated soon anyway
Imo go i5, but wait till the new radeon cards come out. Since the i5 is available, the c2q is pretty much obsolete
Intel core i5
nvidia gt250 1 gb
2 gb ddr3 1333 mhz of ram
cooler master 500watt
zebronics gamming cabinet
250 gb gb hard disk
i bought this on 29 september 2009....i think core i5 is best in price and performance ,where as intel quade core Q9550 is nice processor has good performance too.but i go with i5 just because its new and many new features which where not ther in quade core.also didnt go with q9550 just because its little high on price.
also smps ie power supply has to be good so i suggest that buying good company's smps is good for processer as there is no integerated graphics on motherboard of intel that were there in market.
I've got 2 servers, 1 running Intel Xeon E5520 and 1 running Intel i5 750. I use VMware Server 2.0.2 on both machines with the host being Windows Server 2008 for both. Interestingly and annoyinly, neither CPU's are properly supported by the VMware Server 2.0.2.... it only shows 2 CPU's instead of the 4 that's there.
And funny enough, my core 2 quad actually performs much more smoothly for vmware server 2.0.x than the i5 / i7 or Xeon E5520