Ok ive chosen all my components on Build Your Box but this is my first new PC in about 6 years and was going to get either AMD Phenom II X6 1055T or a Intel CPU Core i5 2500 'Sandy Bridge' which is best to go for these days intel or AMd?
Usually I'd say that it depends on your available funds. In my experience Intel's top of the line chips do outperform AMD's equivalent, but you do pay a lot more for them, so if you wanted comparable performance for much less the price, you would want to go with AMD. In this case, however, the price difference is not much, so the i5 would be the better choice. AMD's Bulldozer series is due to launch on June 11th in octa-core, hexa-core and quad-core models. It might be worth it to wait and look at one of those instead. I know I would