As I haven't been in touch with AMD CPU's for a while now, I need some advice regarding two separate CPU+MB combinations, one running on an Intel i3 base, the otherone on an AMD Phenom II Quad. The two setups have about the same price, so it all comes down to performance.
Worth mentioning that I intend to use this combination for a gaming build, and I do NOT require USB 3 or tons of software support, I am however considering to overclock both the CPUs, so I will need a stable MB. Also, Crossfire/SLI is not needed, as I will use a single GPU. The only thing I want the MB to handle is a pair of HDDs running in Raid 0;
The 955 would be better the 945 is close but slightly better (both compared to the i3). The links you posted don't work but generally the AMD boards are better value. The sandy bridge i3s will be released soon and should be alot better at around the same price.
Odd, links are working for me, oh well. Thanks for the input. However, I can't afford to wait for the i3 Sandy Bridge, and while the CPU's might be well priced, the MBs for them are considerably more expensive. Also, I'm probably ordering the components tomorrow, I will be using the PC for work purposes too, and right now I'm sitting on an ancient Novatech notebook.
Will do, thanks for the great advice. About the MB, the Asus you posted looks great, but over my budget, so I won't be able to afford one. I'm the one usually telling people to invest into a good MB, but right now I have to do with something around 100$, preferably under