I know that if i go i7 i will have to get a better mobo and i was looking at AMD because it seems to be ridiculously cheap although i'm not sure what quality loss i might experience with that. Any tips on what to choose? overall i can get the builds to about the same price with the exception of the i7 which is about 200$ more. and if i go AMD i can get a 5870(not sure if i need it 5850 already does crysis on full).
if you have an suggestions regarding my question or pointers to help a nooby out they are much apreciated =D
Forget the Q9550.. If this is going to be a pure gaming rig, I'll recommend you get the Phenom II X4 955 and a good motherboard like the Asus Crosshair IV Formula.. The saved bucks can be spent on getting a better video card.. There is too much decision making involved in the mig range segment with the launch of the GTX 460 so its better you go a step higher and attempt for a HD 5870 or the GTX 480.. Oh BTW, even a 5870 will struggle with crysis at max settings..
Nope, AMD PIIx6 performs great. The entry model x6 rivals or beats the i7 920/930 and i7 860s in multi-core programs, and costs $70 less (of course, it still loses out in 4 core or less programs). The x6s are also great overclockers.