azeem, what mobo would you pick with that i3 to still make his budget?
the I# is a better chip than the phenom quad, unless you overclock, the i3 will outperform almost all phenom IIs in gaming. actually a pentium g860 can out-game a phenom II x4 955 usually.
I was told that the AMD build would be cheaper. Better bang for my buck. Im not really worried about future upgrade
no. AMd USED to be bang for the buck, now a 80$ pentium g840 outgames every athlon II and almost all phenom IIs, and you can even get the motherboards with similar features for the same prices now too. and ther eis still room to upgrade to better cpu later, and you may not care now, but man will you LOVE having gotten the sandy bridge pentium later down the road when you want to upgrade. but no spending 120$ on a AMD cpu and a 60$ mobo that doesnt out perform a 80$ intel CPU and a 60$ mobo is NOT better bang for you money.