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Well, I've been lookin a lot at a Sandy Bridge build, specifically the 2600K. Sad thing is I'm not sure when that will be back on the market, I'm heading somewhere around April I guess.

Anyways, I'm not tryin to bash AMD in any way since my first build was an AMD Athlon 64 and that thing still runs. But now I'm kind of wondering why go AMD when Intel seems to be more powerful for just a few more bucks, or am I seeing this all wrong? If I can get nearly the same performance with un-noticable differences to the human eye/brain and save a few bucks, that's not bad at all.

Anyways, I was lookin at the Phenom X6 1090T with an Asus Crossfire IV Formula mobo. Then run an HD 6950 with future plans of crossfire.

If I decided to go with the 2600K I'd run an ASRock Extreme 4 Mobo with it an HD 6950 as well.

So pretty much the same setups with just a different Cpu and Mobo.

Bottom line now is, why for what? Haha. Is there a reason why you guys decided to go with AMD instead of Intel, excluding the price? Or was that the deciding factor?

Thanks.
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My experiences with both have always been great. However, from the research I have done, AMD is less expensive and does the same if not more. I might also add that my AMD machines run cooler than my Intel machines.
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Budget was the reason I went AMD. At the time, my mobo+proc was $160 total, and an equivalent Intel mobo/proc would've been $400.

Next build will probably be Intel, though.
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Phenom x6 1090T and i72600k are definitely not even comparable. Not saying the 1090T is bad but performance wise the 2600k blows it out of the water.

I say if you have patience wait for bulldozer if you wanna stay AMD, AMDs attractive pricing is usually the selling point for their chips when compared to Intel, but IMO if you have the cash go Intel. I loved my 965 BE when i had it but if i had the money at the time to indulge in an i7 i would have.

Either way, you have somewhat of a waiting game to do if you wanna wait for bulldozer, or if you wanna wait for revised boards for the 2600k. Or you can go with a price hiked 2600k right now along with a price hiked mobo. Those semantics are up to you.

Apparently according to the rumor mill, bulldozer's 3.4 stock clock=sandy bridge 4.0 clock. I dunno, i am taking EVERYTHING to do with Bulldozer with a massive planet sized grain of salt ha ha .
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Main difference between them is price, I went with intel because it was on TV
    
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My experiences with both have always been great. However, from the research I have done, AMD is less expensive and does the same if not more. I might also add that my AMD machines run cooler than my Intel machines.
They generally run cooler because they have to, for instance, a 965 BEs general recommended thermal threshold is 60c, i7 can handle a lot higher temps than that, in turn more vcore, in turn higher Overclocks.
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If you're waiting until April anyways might as well wait for AMD's new Bulldozer chips to come out which should be in the April/May/June window aka Q2 2011.

Even the latest Phenom II X6 chips are STILL fundamentally based on the 3+ year old K10 architecture...whereas Intel has already made their big architectural leap from Core to Nehalem and now refined further with Sandy Bridge. Bulldozer is a brand new architecture and hopefully will be a big jump in performance and it could very well be able to go toe to toe with the big boys at Intel.

As an Intel owner, I am very excited to see what Bulldozer has to offer and I would be pleasantly surprised if they can knock the socks off of the 2600K/990X.
Edited by nist7 - 2/15/11 at 9:30pm
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not only better price's, but it also depends on what you use your pc for. if your like me and like to surf the web,video's,music and gaming then amd is great.
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If you're waiting until April anyways might as well wait for AMD's new Bulldozer chips to come out which should be in the April/May/June window aka Q2 2011.

Even the latest Phenom II X6 chips are STILL fundamentally based on the 3+ year old K10 architecture...whereas Intel has already made their big architectural leap from Core to Nehalem and now refined further with Sandy Bridge. Bulldozer is a brand new architecture and hopefully will be a big jump in performance and it could very well be able to go toe to toe with the big boys at Intel.
Especially if the rumor mill has any truth, a release of a unlocked quad or hex core with clocks at 3.4 faster than SB at 4.0 then yeah definitely toe to toe, especially if they are Black Edition.

EDIT: More than likely if AMD will stick to their niche of offering decent stuff at an even better than decent price, i will definitely build a bulldozer rig as a back up to my current i7 2600k build. This time i will wait a couple of months after the initial release, my headaches with my 2600k have been substantial, but hey that's what you get for jumping on the bandwagon of new tech.
Edited by sockpirate - 2/15/11 at 9:34pm
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Especially if the rumor mill has any truth, a release of a unlocked quad or hex core with clocks at 3.4 faster than SB at 4.0 then yeah definitely toe to toe, especially if they are Black Edition.
Instead of taking planet-sized grains of salt and giving me a stroke/heart attack, I pretty much dismiss any "rumors" or "leaked benchmarks" since there is virtually no way to confirm any fact in any of those graphs.

The anonymity of the "sources" is what is the problem. Any random guy can go to some website and "leak" benchmarks and claim it's so and so up-coming processor.

Just wait until official reviews are out! Very excited about Bulldozer!
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