Well for optimal gaming performance AMD is the way to go, though Intel holds the crown for media encoding operations, especially those in photshop. But since you're talking differences of just a few seconds, I'd stil get the AMD for best gaming
Only difference between Socket 754 and 939 is Socket 939 supports dual channel memory, but it offers a very small performance increas, usually less than 5%. Socket 754 is cheaper to get better components (DFI LANParty UT nF3-250Gb) and more overclockable (DTR3400+ Socket 754).
what is the cheapest 3400+ and motherboard combo that will be overclockable.. and what is the diffence between 3400+ 939 and 3400+ 754?
Check out the EPoX 9NDA3+ mobo, it's very budget concious and one of the best overclocking boards on the market, I currently have my 3000+ overclocked to FX-55/4000+ speeds (810mhz overclock aircooled).
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