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$750 gaming build: Intel or AMD?

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So I plan on building a new PC and have a budget of $750. This is just for the tower.
I know Sandy Bridge is dominating everything AMD has right now, but is it possible to get a decent gaming rig with an overclockable SB processor?

I also know that AMD has a new CPU coming out soon, should I wait for that to release before building a new PC, or just buy something now? (Currently I only have a netbook, so no gaming for me till I get a new desktop)

The only restrictions on the build that I have is that I'd really like an ASUS Xonar DS as I hear they have great Linux compatibility compared to Creative's cards, and I strongly prefer nVidia to ATi for (again) having better Linux drivers.
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With a budget that low, I would go with AMD.
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Well, its possible to build a great Sandybridge with 750. i3-2100 and a H67 chipset. biggrin.gif
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With that much money to spend AMD
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At that price, I'd have to say AMD
    
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wait for bd
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lol, nty.

AMD for that budget.
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I am build a PC for my friend and for $600 i got him a P55+Core i5 760 which is better then any PII and for $60 i can get him a better MB and 2500K. No SC though but you still got $90. For GPU i got him a GTX460.
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post #10 of 39
Definitely AMD, with $750; you can put a great system together for the money.
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