Originally Posted by Jedi Mind Trick
Doesn't that go both ways?
More often than not, if I look at the value (merit vs. price) of a processor and platform for a given task, Intel is currently going to have the edge. There are certainly exceptions, but the slant is decidedly in favor of Intel at the moment. Aside from upgrades to existing systems (where the cost or hassle of a whole platform swap aren't justified), I have real trouble recommending the AM3+ CPUs to anyone for anything, except the most niche tasks.
It's much less clear cut on the GPU side of things with AMD vs. NVIDIA. Except at the extreme high-end, where AMD is lacking a single GPU part that can compete in raw performance, it's pretty close in all segments once all potentially relevant factors are considered. The Maxwell parts tend to have better performance per watt and superior overclockability, but raw performance per dollar usually goes to AMD.