I'm building a PC for my graduate school where I'll most likely be doing engineering applications such as SolidWorks, NX6, CAD/CAM, C/C+ compilation, MATLAB, Mathematica etc. I'm playing games too but not extensive so gaming is not the main concern. I'm deciding between an Intel i7 950 and AMD x6 1090T. I'm looking for mild overclocking as well. From what I've seen the 950 seems to be better at what I'm doing but the AMD system is approximately $150 less. I don't know if the extra performance worths the premium though. So please give your advice as to what I should get? Also does overclocking bring the 1090T any closer to the 950 since it's an unlocked CPU?
The i7 950 has hyper-threading.. When enabled, it has the ability to process 8 threads.. Although virtual cores are no match to physical cores, the overall faster architecture of the i7 along with its 4 virtual cores will be competent enough to compensate for the two extra cores on the X6..