Eternal AMD vs Intel question; Help me use $1550?

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid December (I know its far away. I just need some basic help now, then I'll repost 3 days before I buy for any last minute changes/new products that have came out).


Budget Range: $1550 before rebates and before combos. (so don't set up combo's for me, they won't be valid by December, Thanks)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard & Mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: None, which is the main reason I need help.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x120 (also NOT in the budget I need an under $200 Monitor, was looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236065


Additional Comments: I have been building these lists for weeks and they seem excellent to me. I just don't know which one to use.. also open to suggestions on changing parts.
Look forward to some pro help.

AMD BUILD:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2Ghz - $153 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=phenom_II_x4_955-_-19-103-808-_-Product

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H - $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435&Tpk=Gigabyte%u2019s%20GA-890GPA-UD3H

Haf 922 Blue Edition - $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-224-_-Product

HIS Radeon HD 6870 - $240 x 2 = $480 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349&Tpk=HIS%20radeon%206870

XFX Black Edition 750W - $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB SSD - $235 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590

G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 C8 - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1333-_-20-231-275-_-Product


Lite on dvd burner/reader - $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

Spire TherMax Eclipse II Cooler - $55 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11423/cpu-spi-28/Spire_TherMax_Eclipse_II_Five_DT_Heatpipe_Universal_CPU_Cooler_SP984B1-V2_-_Sockets_775_1156_1366_939_AM2_AM2_AM3.html?tl=g40

Shin-Etsu - $5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080&cm_re=shin-etsu-_-35-150-080-_-Product

Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product
=$1557

Intel Build:
i5-760 2.8Ghz lga 1156 - $209 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067&cm_re=i5_760-_-19-115-067-_-Product

ASUS Sabertooth 55i lga 1156 - $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131601&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

Haf 922 Blue Edition - $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-224-_-Product

HIS Radeon HD 6870 - $240 x 2 = $480 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349&Tpk=HIS%20radeon%206870

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 Cas 8 - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1333-_-20-231-275-_-Product

XFX Black Edition 750W - $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 90GB SSD - $185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227601&cm_re=vertex_2-_-20-227-601-_-Product

Spire TherMax Eclipse II Cooler - $55 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11423/cpu-spi-28/Spire_TherMax_Eclipse_II_Five_DT_Heatpipe_Universal_CPU_Cooler_SP984B1-V2_-_Sockets_775_1156_1366_939_AM2_AM2_AM3.html?tl=g40

Shin-Etsu - $5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080&cm_re=shin-etsu-_-35-150-080-_-Product

Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

=$1563

So basically they are the same. Just Intel vs AMD. The intel came out at $7 more, but has a 30GB smaller SSD than the AMD build.
I'm leaning towards the AMD build, but lets have a fun discussion :D.
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  1. Go with the Intel. The i5 is a good workhorse and performs well across a wide range of tasks.
  2. Wamphryi said:
    Go with the Intel. The i5 is a good workhorse and performs well across a wide range of tasks.


    Thanks for your opinion!

    anyone else have any thoughts? I've been comparing these 2 builds for 3 days and can't decide. or anyone have suggestions on anything to change/swap?
  3. Not a lot of discussion. The i5 is a sweet chip - it sometimes even beats the 6 core AMD version. This argument was pretty much settled back in September, when Tom's spent and extra $1000 on an AMD rig and had trouble besting the intel mid-range cpu.

    Don't get me wrong, I like AMD - in fact I purchased this triple core unlocked chip today to build a budget machine.
  4. eloric said:
    Not a lot of discussion. The i5 is a sweet chip - it sometimes even beats the 6 core AMD version. This argument was pretty much settled back in September, when Tom's spent and extra $1000 on an AMD rig and had trouble besting the intel mid-range cpu.

    Don't get me wrong, I like AMD - in fact I purchased this triple core unlocked chip today to build a budget machine.


    thanks for the link. I guess intel is the way to go?
    The only other problem is that the AMD build also has sata 3 and usb3.0. Although I don't think that'll become the standard for a few years.
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