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So currently I'm running an Intel 8400 as shown in my signature, but it's starting to show it's age with more modern games, so I'm looking to upgrade.

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TLDR for those of you too lazy to read through;
AMD 1090T or Intel 2500K? i5 2500k steps me down to PCIe x8 performance.
AMD 1090T gives me x16 as well as two extra physical cores (Helps with the 3D work I do). Cost is roughly the same, I don't want to increase the price range just for x16 performance with Intel. Or I could wait for the Bulldozer CPU's
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I'm faced with the age old dilemma of AMD or Intel. I'm more of an Intel person, had good experiences with them and what not, but that doesn't mean to say that I wouldn't give AMD another go.

On the AMD side I've been looking at the 1090T Black Edition, I've seen DECENT reviews, plus having the extra cores helps in programs outside of games.

On the Intel side of things, I'm probably most interested in the i5 2500K Sandy Bridge.

Either way I go ends up being a bit over the 500 mark (This includes a new mobo and RAM), so price isn't TOO much of an issue in regards to these two. My biggest conecern for the i5 is that, the cheaper Mobo's tend only to give you x8 PCIe slots (When running SLI/Crossfire), I'm aware this isn't too much of a disadvantage, but I like to steer clear of performance sapping issues such as these. To get x16 performance with Intel, I'd need to pay more for 'better' motherboard, but I'd prefer to not pay extra just for this feature.

On the other hand, the Bulldozer series of AMD processors will be out in a matter of months, and I'm not entirely sure whether or not they will blow my pants off.


So what do you guys think? Suggestions? Advice? Anything constructive is welcome. On a sidenote, I do 3D Animation so having the extra two cores on the AMD side would help with that (from benchmarks and reviews I've read/seen) as well as the extra bandwidth from the GPU's with x16 - x16 instead of x8 - x8.
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If you want raw performance now go with 1155, if you're really stoked and think BullDozer is going to be fricken awesome, then AMD/AM3+ setup is for you. Either way you'll be happy.

x8/x16 wont make a difference with your cards, or any for that matter. (right now & except maybe a 590/6990)
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That x6 may not be all that great , for one , the 2500K OC's like mad ... a 2500K would probably hit 5+GHz while the x6 would normally top out at ~ 4 some GHz.

The i5 handles DRAM much better and the x6 will need NB overclocking to use faster RAM ... I'm talking anything over 1333MHz././
x8-x8 is ample.
You haven't mentioned the GFX cards you're planning on ? You can always OC the PCI-e lanes a bit if x8 seems inadequate to you .. For anything lesds than a 570GTX, 16x is not > x8 ..

BTW , BD is a month or so away .. Not prudent to buy a new rig this month .
You'd feel foolish later I've been there...
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You haven't mentioned the GFX cards you're planning on ?
Only recently got my 560 SLI setup! This upgrade was just RAM, Mobo and CPU.
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x16 PCI-E lanes offer no benefit over x8 lanes. There have been a number of tests comparing them. If you'd like to read one go check out [H], I know they did a solid test on it.
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Only recently got my 560 SLI setup! This upgrade was just RAM, Mobo and CPU.
Well , camp it out right now - it's a matter of a month
Let BD release..
Get the BD if you so want those x16's .. thats only if you're persistent.
Another moot point ? Some AM3 mobo's will support BD , so you need not worry about motherboard prices when it comes to AMD!

So now we have intel :
x8-x8 will not ruin things for you one bit. Yes , hardforum has done something on this , and x4 seemed to bottleneck a 5870 a bit ..
Prices will normalise next month.
AMD :
BDwill give you i7 performance BUT 8 cores.. so you can get over the x6. Better memory support et all/
BD will work w/ some AM3 mobos. SO mobos will not be expensive.
Will launch at i5 prices IF performance is at par with an i7 , at i7 prices if performance is better than an i7.
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Well , camp it out right now - it's a matter of a month
Let BD release..
Yeah, I'll probably do that. Wait and see how well it goes. As you said, only a month, also gives me time to save up a bit more.
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