So, I'm trying to build a performance PC on a $1000 budget. I'd really like that to actually be between $700-850. I'm stuck between two different builds right now, one AMD and one Intel. I'm far more familiar with Intel, but could be talked into AMD if the performance was equivalent and the trade-off was not too bad.
I'm looking to do mid to high-end gaming, general computer stuff, and work with large database files.
Approximate Purchase Date: within two months
Budget Range: 500-1000, probably around 800.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Database work, gaming, surfing the internet/emails.
Check out this sticky. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
It has the info about the difference between the CPU's.
It all depends on what you want to do with your new machine. If just surfing and some Office work, go with the AMD, But if heavy gaming is in the future, The Sandy Bridge is a slight advantage. I have an ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO USB3.0 w/ amd Phenome II 965 and two Saphire HD 5700's and it rocks. But I had gaming in mind when I bought and amount of spending power I had. So look at everything you will possible do with the new build and if just for everyday use, go with the AMD setup.
Hope this helped.