I play online games like WOW, LOTR, and EVE, no 1st person shooter stuff. I do some custom video stuff as well, but nothing professional. Bottom line, I have roughly $1500 to spend on a PC and this is what I was planning to spend it on...
I will be pulling the trigger in 24 hours, so please comment rapidly if I am jumping off a cliff on any of this :-)
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz 6MB Cache FSB 4000MHz
CPU Cooler ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm
Motherboard ASUS M4A78T-E
Memory 2GB X 4 OCZ PC3 12800 DDR3 1600Mhz
2 X 750GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Serial ATA300 (Samsung)
LG CH08LS10 Blu-ray & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Lightscribe
Video 2 X 1GB ATI Radeon HD5770 GDDR5 PCI-E Dual-DVI
lol, yeah. i have a 955, its amazing, but i hate to say it, the i5 is a better buy. it cost 20-30$ more, but outperforms it pretty considerably, and the whole system probably cost about 50$ more then a am3 one.
to be honest, nobody knows. the am3 system is going to last atleast 6-core, and maybe 8-core. the 1156 socket seems like it will go up with the 1366, as the budget socket, but that hasnt been confirmed. if you think about it, i don think intel would release a consumer grade series that has been great in the i5, i3, and lesser i7s, just to pull the plug on it. 1366 socket is naturally expensive, so they cant have budget builds with it, which is why amd=WIN in the under 200$ bracket. lol the only thing i think is a bad sign is their naming, if the 6 cores 1366 will be i9, will the 1156 be even and be i8