I've read the articles on here pertaining to both these chipsets & motherboards. However, i'm still on the fence between these two combos.
X4 965 + Gigabyte MA790XTA-UD4 - $185.
X6 1055T + BioStar TA890FXE - $250.
used for gaming & video/photo editing & general surfing. Essentially i'm saving $65, but i am trying to build a budget PC under $600.
I would recommend for u to go for x4 965 since all you want to do is gamin & photo editin.
The 965 is a good processor and fast too. Then, you will have extra dough for a GPU(but you haven't mentioned anythin about it), maybe an ATi 5850.
Most of the games are gpu centric. The only one which is CPU centric, is GTA IV.
But, if you dont mind the 65$ price increase, you could go for 1055T which could be future proofing.
The only problem with the 1055t combo is the biostar mobo. Otherwise the only thing keeping the 965 faster in games is the clock speed, which can easily be changed by oc'ing the 1055t. Strategy games like Empire total war would benefit from the extra 2 cores regardless though.
EDIT: I noticed the budget part of your post. In that case save the $65 and get the 965.
That 6X is tempting, but I have had a couple of Biostar boards in my time, and never, ever, never, ever again. BUT, if you talk to the guys at Frys, they will sometimes allow you to upgrade the motherboard to something else for a few bucks. Just be nice, and ask! All they can do is say "no", but I have never had one of them say "no" as long as I was nice, and was not trying to get something for nothing.
I agree with everyone, but your also getting a brand new design and the new chipset with the 890fx ? Thats also tempting, looks like a nice m/b ? Do they update their bios' on the amd 7 series enthusiast boards ? I got to check them out, newegg is starting to carry more of their hardware just recently.
edit: Your budget is rather low, so I'd have to say go for the cheaper combo.
By the time you get o/s mouse keyboard dvd rom case psu, hsf memory- your budget is gone FAST
Biostar has improved it's service. I had to rma a frys board, and the turnaround time was only 9 days. Better than any other rma I've had to do in 19 years of building my own. So I will recommend biostar now. If you have any doubts about the bios, just download the board manual off their website before making a final decision or check for some newegg reviews.
My biostar 1156 board overclocks easily; probably has just as many settings as asus or gigabyte. It's easy to use. I dropped the ram setting and increased the cpu fsb to 174 to run a 530 at 3.9 with no voltage increases. Very simple and stable overclock.