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So I'm torn here, funds aren't too great and I've been torn between going i5/i7 but $269 for a 2500k, new mobo and ddr3 ram to support it will bring me to near 400 big ones.

I've been an intel guy for 6 years now and know absolutely nothing about AMD chips. I've heard speculation on Bulldozer not being THAT great but i dont know why(don't flame me I was simply told this:P)

The reason I am considering AMD is because of their affordable prices. I've recently switched from nvidia to amd for the same reason, bang for buck.

Questions I have are:
1, Should i make the switch? (I'm gonna need a new mobo and ram in either situation so I don't know how mobos factor in, I imagine price differences are negligible for intel/amd socket mobo's).
2. What chips would one recommend for someone who does moderate gaming, occasionally programming (microcontrollers, FPGA's). The latter isn't as important to me as waiting an extra second or two for code to compile is fine lol.
3. preferably wouldnt want to spend over 300-350 CDN for everything so the cpu would have to be <= $200

Sorry for the ton of information im trying to draw the scenario as best I can haha. Thanks to all for any advice!
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What store can you buy it from? $270 for 2500K? That's very high for 2500K.
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There is absolutely no reason to go AMD on a budget build, or really any other build at this time. Sounds harsh, but it is just the truth in the desktop world. Laptops is another story, but we aren't talking that right now....

So what should you do? A very powerful budget build is a Core i3 2100/2130, 4GB of GSkill ram at 1333, and an H61 motherboard. You can buy an H61 board from the likes of Asus for around $50 USD, processor is around $120 USD, and the memory is around $40 USD. You should end up around $200 for all the components.

The reason for this suggestion is that the Core i3 pretty much beats any AMD processor in gaming and most every day applications. While some higher end AMD processors do beat out the i3 on some tasks, they just aren't worth the money they cost compared to the i3.
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Tbh I would if your thinking about switching keep and eye open for a 1090t or 1100t. Both are very good cpu's and you could get a mb at a decent price. Keep an eye open in the OCN market place because they do sell fast.
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Oh sorry that I was the price I saw it at when I last checked a while ago. 230, at canada computers.
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That's very true. I keep telling myself to hold out and wait until I can get something that will last as opposed to settling and only wanting more in the near future. Its that damn monkey on my shoulder.

I never understood the difference between all the i5 series cores. The ones below the 2500 series. And their prices clash with i3's It kind of sucks when you lose track of whats been going on in the pc world for a couple years.

EDIT: I apologize for the double post.
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Originally Posted by Nailuj View Post

That's very true. I keep telling myself to hold out and wait until I can get something that will last as opposed to settling and only wanting more in the near future. Its that damn monkey on my shoulder.
I never understood the difference between all the i5 series cores. The ones below the 2500 series. And their prices clash with i3's It kind of sucks when you lose track of whats been going on in the pc world for a couple years.
EDIT: I apologize for the double post.

The difference has to do with number of cores and if it has hyper-threading or not. Hyper-threading is an instruction that allows a single processor core to handle two threads simultaneously. What this means is that, in a way, a single core can function as two cores, and is in fact seen by the system as 2 threads instead of one. Soo..

Sandy Bridge based processors; i3 2100+, Core i5 2400+, and Core i7 2600+.

Core i3 processors: Dual core processors with hyper-threading. This provides four addressable threads for your system, functions similar to a quad core processor.

Core i5 processors: Quad core processors, no hyper-threading. Being a true quad core it is higher performing than the i3 brother with only two physical cores. Four physical cores are better than two physical with two logical.

Core i7 processors: Quad core processors with hyper-threading. System has 8 threads to address, these are extremely high performing and designed for heavily threaded work.
    
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That's very true. I keep telling myself to hold out and wait until I can get something that will last as opposed to settling and only wanting more in the near future. Its that damn monkey on my shoulder.
I never understood the difference between all the i5 series cores. The ones below the 2500 series. And their prices clash with i3's It kind of sucks when you lose track of whats been going on in the pc world for a couple years.
EDIT: I apologize for the double post.

i3 is a dual core CPU with HT (acts like a quad core CPU)
i5 is a quad core CPU
i7 is a quad core CPU with HT (acts like a 8-core CPU)

What store can you buy it from, and what is your motherboard needs?
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On NCIX US, the i5 is 200 dollars. At MicroCenter, you may be able to pick up an i5 for 170 w/o tax. (These are all in new condition, BTW)
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you could go with a 1100t or 1090t amd proc and grab an am3+ mobo to be ready for piledriver if your looking to make it last a little longer
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