I've thought myself into a confused, indecisive mound of jello. This is my first build, and it will be used for moderate to high gaming, overclocking and just plain playing around. My basic dilemma in choosing between an i5 and 965 black edition build is over native support for sata 6Gb/s and future compatability/expandability (seems amd is better choice), and maybe overclocking (perhaps the i5 is better here).
In all the builds I come up with, between combo deals and rebates, the intel is always about $100 more. Here are the core components of my two current builds to choose between, I'd appreciate your comments and opinions on:
CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail
MOBO-ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Get the Core i5 build if it's only $75 dollars more, the Core i5 is slightly better than the Phenom II X4 965 in gaming, and a better in terms of multitasking. 700W is overkill, a Corsair HX650W would be much better, if possible - the ModXStream 700Ws have apparently had problems.
I would go for the i5 between the two. Tho can I suggest another option. Depending on prices I would go with the athlon II x3 435. The article "is the i3-530 enough" shows that the phenomII 720 is enough for high end GPU's and from testing the athlon x3 435 performs very similar to the 720 even when overclocked. With the money saved I would look to pick up a small SSD such as intels x25-v. While not big, it will allow you to store your OS and key programs/games. This will mean your system will feel snappier. You could also invest cash into something else if you so wish.
Just some food for thought.
The core i5 would probably overclock better then the Phenom while giving better performance in most situations(at the same clock speeds). If you plan on keeping the build for several years, the Phenom build would have faster sata 6gbps speed with the 890GX chipset. If you were planning on getting SSDs sometime, the phenom would be faster with those(at least loading ). There is also a 955BE C3 revision that should overclock the same as the 965 for $20 cheaper.
-Don't forget about a good heatsink if you plan to overclock!
@dmen- AM3 is also getting close to the end of its life. AMD will release the X6 phenoms for the socket then they will move to Bulldozer.
Thanks for all the input. It remained a toss-up until the end, but i went with the AMD 965 build, partly for future compatability/native support 6 Gb/s SATA/futureproofing, but also just as much that I've never had an AMD system before, and the change and competition is good. Thanks again.
Oh, and I did get a Hyper 212 heatsink for the overclocking! Maybe an SSD in a year when prices are lower.......