So I have a couple of computers in my apartment and I am a little torn about which I want to keep and which I want to stash away or part out. So here is what I'm working with.
Intel i3 2100 (stock cooling, I see no need for aftermarket on a dual core with HT that can not be overclocked)
8 GB of DDR3 1600
XFX 5850 Black Edition (for some reason won't run at full speed, has to run at x8, which is fine, I guess.)
Sata II WD Caviar Black HDD 1 TB.
Corsair TX650W PSU
Antec 300 Case
(Primary computer as we speak since it's hooked up to my work desk, not my test station)
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Scythe Raesetsu cooler
Asus Sabertooth 990FX (newest BIOS, some of the previous BIOS revisions had issues with the Thuban 6 cores)
4 GB DDR3 1333 (was what I had laying around from a very old DP45SG build I did back in I think 2009)
Sata III WD Caviar Green HDD 1 TB
Very Old BFG GTX 260 216 Core
Antec 550U Basiq PSU (a little noisy, that 80mm fan they use puts out a lot of air!)
Antec 302 case (only reason I didn't use this case on Computer "a" is because there is no USB3 header on that motherboard.)
So, I do a lot of DVD Ripping and burning and I do dual boot into Ubuntu 12.04, and I know that Nvidia's drivers are much better in the linux community. But I am just wondering what computer to stash/sell off. I've had offers for my 1055T chip alone, but that leaves me with a lot of unusable gear. But I also game, and from what I can tell there is still some life left in both of my cards, despite the 260 being only dx10. I'm not against mixing/matching parts, but I would need a reason to do so.
Sell B. The moment I saw AMD, I was like... toss it. The i3 build is really nice overall, and better than the AMD. In fact, I don't see why you would even consider throwing out "A" to keep "B"... "A" is a LOT better. RAM, GPU, CPU, Mobo, PSU... everything is better on it!
"better" to me is a little subjective. The 1055T is faster when it comes to encoding/ripping and can be overclocked. Other than the times I use Linux though, the i3 always has felt snappier in Windows and in gaming. If I do sell the B build, it's going to be around $700, not $500.
How new is the computer? I doubt you'll be getting 700.
If I don't get it, then I keep it. Simple. You asked how new? When did the 990FX come out? No more than 5 months ago I believe. So it's still pretty new. It also gives whoever wants to buy it a excellent platform to grow with (since the 990FX is a AM3+ board it's safe to say it'll be current for about 2 years or so. That's about how often AMD changes sockets.)
Well... what are your priorities? Gaming or encoding? Also, how much encoding do you really do? You said a lot... like... does it take priority over gaming?
Also, with the $700 you make, I'm sure you could get an i5-2500k, motherboard, and CPU cooler for $350, and be way better off.
i5-2500k - $190ish... $220 on newegg if you're not by microcenter
mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 - $130
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $35
Okay, so $385.
Those prices aren't realistic to me. I have some spare parts aside, a H50 cooler, I would rather just reuse my gigabyte board if I was going for a upgrade to the i3 and I have friends in the industry, so I don't pay retail. Ever.