I am currently trying to put a new rig together, however I am torn on which cpu to choose. At first I thought to take the AMD x6 1090T - $300, then I thought maybe intel's i7-930 - $300, AMD x4 965 BE also crossed my mind - $150. The only game that I will really be playing on this computer is FSX, which I read somewhere that that game is very cpu intensive as compared to most games being gpu intensive. For the everyday I just want a nice quick computer, for web surfing and watching movies and running programs like photoshop, sketch up, powerpoint, and word. Any suggessions on the cpu ?
How does the i7-930 compare to the x4 965. x4 technically is faster @ 3.4Ghz and both are quad core. However the intel is supposedly better. Why?
It is not really technically faster.
The i7 executes more instructions/work per cycle.
The i7 has, in addition to 4 cores, 4 more hyperthreads which can do additional work. The hyperthreads are about 1/4 the capability of a full core.
The i7 uses the X58 chipset which allows triple channel ram, supports 24gb, and has multiple X16 pci-e slots.
It appears that currently, the i7 can overclock higher.