Originally Posted by w-moffatt
intel and bang for your buck in same sentence??? LoL no matter what and when intel is doing they are always over priced....I have owned a powercolor 6970 for almost a year and it has been flawless so i stand by them...if you buy any other brand your simply buying hype as the chips themselves are theoretically the same.
Your build is solid but depends on what your doing and how tight your budget is. If your gaming i always invest heavily into GPU as its something you'll want to future proof yourself for (crysis 3 is out next month
) Also whilst its a great CPU careful it doesnt bottle neck your system in game etc.
The 83XX series cpu's are out and are relatively cheap for what they are otherwise even your cheap and cheerfull A10's are getting great reviews for a budget system..
Okay, i'll back down on my Intel argument. After cross-referencing some benchmarks I3 and the Phenomenon are very close. A I5 is just better for gaming, but that is out of your budget. So I take back my previous comment, go with the AMD. Sorry.
If he had a bigger budget intel would be more bang-for-your-buck by a considerable margin, but at this budget it's splitting hairs.
As for the GPU's,... No, it's not all the same. No, it's not all hype. AMD sells just the physical GPU with a reference schematic to a manufacturer (since AMD only makes the IC, and not the card). Many manufacturers follow the original reference schematic provided by AMD. Some manufacturers deviate from the reference schematic and add improvements. For example, I own a GTX 570. The reference design GTX 570 had problems with the power supply being underpowered and failing. My Asus DCII GTX 570 has a power supply that is vastly improved from the reference schematic and therefore the DCII are not prone to the same failures and the reference design models. As far as i know, the Asus DCII, XFX and MSI typically cards do not follow reference design and have various physical improvement to the PCB layout and design, in addition to running cooler. But then again the Tahiti Le with give you a pinch more power from the start, but run a little hotter. After some thought, I could lean either way on the GPU.