Originally Posted by 996gt2
That's a pretty weak argument for going AMD. Not everyone uses their computer the same way and there are certainly a lot of people that will see benefits from a SB rig. For example, people with multiple GPU setups that would get bottlenecked by a Phenom II, or people that do a lot of encoding/rendering, etc.
In the end, OP could get the Phenom II setup now and then have to pay more to upgrade to a possibly competitive chip (BD) when it comes out, or he could just pay once for a 2500K/2600K and be done with it. Going the Intel route means less hassle and less money spent than having to buy one CPU only to replace it soon after with BD.
Fascinating, yet completely irrelevant. Perhaps you should read what the OP stated as HIS NEEDS , which is what this thread is about
Originally Posted by Jared2608
I'm currently planning on a new gaming rig. I really wanted to build one around the ROG Crosshair V Formula board, I love the way it looks, and ROg boards are just WIN I think.
I was all set to get this board and a 965 BE as a place holder for BD, but then people said I should go Sandy Bridge. Now I can't deny that in bench marks, Sandy Bridge gives the current AMD chips a hiding, but some things still make me a little uncomfortable.
Forstly, the ROG board is only R400.00 more than a basic P67/Z67 board, and of course it has way more to offer. For that kind of pricing the ROG makes sense being an ebthusiast board at a similar price to an Intel mainstream board.
As for performance, I know an X4 965 loses to Sandy Bridge, but will my gaming really be bad if I pair it with a Radeon 6970? Bare in mind this would be a place holder for bulldozerwich of course we hope will be at least equal to sandy bridge.
The thing that makes my choice hard is that components cost a lot of money here, and so I really don't want to waste money, but I also can't ignore how expensive an intel platform is when you look at the features an intel board and AMD noard of the same price come with.
Will the gaming experience really differ dramatically, to the point where it's very noticable if I go with an X4 965 over an i5 2500, and will Bulldozer be worth waiting for?
He clearly states what he wants in the very first sentence - a GAMING RIG. So your examples of people who might need to render or encode in Imax format is completely irrelevant. He makes no indication about needing multiple GPUs , but if he did the AMD rig he is pondering will handle that with flying colors too.
He then states that his preference is for the AMD/ASUS Crosshair V ROG board. The question at the end sums everything up. The answer to this question is clearly NO, the gaming experience will not differ dramatically regardless of which platform he goes with, it is simply a matter of how much money he is going to spend to play the exact same games. I am certain this is the case and that the AMD system he is leaning towards will do everything that he wants, because I have the baby brother to that and IT does everything that he wants. I can play every game that exists today just fine with my rig.
I understand that you guys with the expensive and ridiculously fast Intel machines are proud of them and rightly so. The fact still remains that most people simply have no use for that sort of computing power. What good is an expensive racecar that goes 300Mph when the only roads you want to drive on are restricted to 75 Mph? The fancy racecar will perform better at the local racetrack, but the OP here has a specific destination in mind and is just looking for a nice daily driver to get him there and has no intentions of driving real fast in circles on the racetrack.