I'm about to build a new gaming system and hit some walls on choices. This isn't just a dump list of what I want (cause I'll end up choosing it as we all do), but rather the old debate as listed in the thread title.
I understand Intel has the advantage on brute power with gaming, but with the 6-core Intel out of the question the AMD x6 Black is looking good. I know 6-core isn't really going to make a difference with games...for now, but couldn't this seem like some sort of "future proofing"? If not, then what's some good quad-core candidates from the AMD/Intel barns. Price isn't a huge issue, but I'm not paying a grand for a CPU, just out of principle.
Also, similar argument for a video card. I'm willing to shell out good money for a 5970 or 480, but as time goes on I'd like to add on (xFire or SLI) to keep the system "fresh". What's the best route?
Saving money with the AMD system is an attractive idea but if the Intel path is going to be better in the long run...well I guess that's why I'm asking you guys/gals.