For the past month I have been constantly tweaking these two builds, and I think they are finally good. I would like to run Mac OS X Snow Leopard, then use Boot Camp for Windows 7 to play games, or dual boot.
I would like to be easily able to upgrade in the future, switching out video cards, adding RAM, etc.
So, the question is, my Intel build, or my AMD build?
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month
Budget Range: ~$750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Everyday Use (Internet, iTunes), School use
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably Newegg.com, but I'm also open to Amazon.com and Tigerdirect.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None really
Overclocking: Probably not for now, this is my first build after all.
SLI or Crossfire: Not for now.
Monitor Resolution: The monitor I'm going to get says 1600 x 900
Additional Comments: What do you guys think? Here are the two builds:
So, what do you guys think I should go with? Intel, or AMD? Again, keep in mind I would like to dual boot Snow Leopard and Windows 7, or use Boot Camp, but I want a good gaming PC that I can upgrade when I need to, and preferably the build should last for a few years running games on decent to high settings.
The AMD processor is not as strong , but is easily strong enough . The problem here too is the motherboard which is about to be obsolete when AMD introduce their new Bulldozer processors . No point in the 965 when the 955 is the exact same part and costs less . Overclocking it to 965 speed and beyond is simple with a modern motherboard .