Amd phenom 2 x6 vs intel

Hello, so i am upgrading my system, and cant choose , what to take, amd or intel.... system for gaming :) video will be hd5850....
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  1. I suggest you follow the guidelines (the link's in my signature). We need to at least know how much you're looking to spend, what parts you need, and what parts you already have. Everything else in that link is good to know for putting togther a full build without need to ask too many questions.

    The AMD vs. Intel decision is almost entirely price driven. Generally, if your budget for the entire tower is under $1,400, AMD is a better choice. If you're over that, Intel dominates. Even with that said, no one should recommend the X6 CPUs for gaming. They're out done by the cheaper X4 955 for gaming purposes. The real arguments are when it's better to go from the X3 440 (generally anything under $1,000) to the X4 955 ($1,000-$1,400) to the i5-750 ($1,400-1,600) to the i7-930 ($1,600 and up).
  2. my system at the moment is:
    Intel Core? 2 Duo E8500

    Chieftec Smart Series PSU ATX 550W
    XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB "xXx" GDDR5
    MSI P45D3 Platinum, P45,
    WD Caviar® Black 1TB 3,5", SATA,
    32MB Cache, Dual Processor, 7200RPM
    1.Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 4GB
    BenQ 24" LED V2410 Eco

    so i think i need to change only mobo, cpu, and video...
    cpu then AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition ( )
    mobo ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO ( )
    video XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ( )

  3. Your GPU should be fine. It's actually fairly powerful. The only thing that's "wrong" with it is that it doesn't support DirectX 11, which isn't very important for right now. I'd wait until games are actually using it to replace it.

    The 955 is a good choice for the CPU. A better board would be the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4. It's cheaper and more future proof as it has a second PCIe 2.0 16x slot that operates at a useful speed (the Evo's second slot only runs at 4x).
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