I am starting a new build (my 3rd, but 1st in about 3 yrs), and I am unsure where to start when looking at the new generation of CPU's. My 1st 2 builds where both Intel, because at the time C2D Intel processors where the way to go. Once I decide on a processor, I can get everything else together, but I really want to make sure I get that pick right.
First... I use my computer for mostly for light gaming (wow mostly) and for designing with Photoshop and Illustrator.
Having said that, is there a noticeable difference in AMD and Intel processors in those applications? Or would I do well using any brand, but sticking with a certain type/core #?
For For light gaming, AMD is better simply because you don't need an expensive intel processor. AMD has a good quad core for $199 that goes from light to heavy gaming. Also, the motherboards for AMD are generally cheaper.
I am going to be reusing an Antec Nine Hundred case, which would hold an ATX or m-ATX motherboard. I would like the ability to SLI/Crossfire, although I may or may not start out that way. I am not a big overclocker, but I would at least like to have the ability to do it. I will be reusing a sound card, so onboard isn't necessarily needed either.