I want to build a new system that will be used for both gaming and video encoding (handbrake/Ripbot). I'm looking at these two configs but trying to figure out if the Intel config is worth the extra $100.
ASUS P7P55D-E /w Intel Core i7-870 $430
ASUS M4A87TD /w AMD Phenom II X6 1090T $329
I generally buy the same brands especially Asus, as I've never had any issues with them in all the years I've been building machines. I also have a 750GB WD Caviar Black from my existing machine that I'll be using.
The two processors are very close but I think I'm going to go with the Core i7-870, it's a little more expensive but mostly beats out the AMD in gaming scores while staying almost equal in video rendering. The Intel chip also consumes less power.
So u r gona spend 100$ more on a CPU/MOBO which is just about 5% better in few of the application/games and cant have SLI in future? Dont be offended but that would be pretty stupid.
Also if your arent in a hurry to buy the CPU/MOBO, i suggest strongly to wait for new CPU's releasing on 9th Jan, 2011. They will give u about 15% better performance then current line of i5/i7 as they r gona replace them. So see if u can wait, u will get a lot better performance for ur budget and also will ensure system for longer run.