I plan to build a new system. In deciding which CPU to choose I was puzzled. I narrowed down my choices to AMD Phenom II X4 965 or Intel Core i7 870.
The specs seem a bit unclear for these models due to marketing tools that they use.
I basically want a machine that will have no problem playing some of the newer games. I also would like to play HD movies with no problem, be able to compile large applications and compress/extract large files quickly.
From the 2 choice I listed above what are some of the advantages of one over the other? Would I be lacking any noticeable differences by sticking with the cheaper AMD CPU for my needs?
I would also like the system to stay competitive/mainstream for the next 3-5 years.
Also what motherboard/case would work well with either of these processors, that would also enable me to add most of the newer Nvidia cards? I hear good things about ASUS motherboards.
And which Nvidia GPU should I choose? I have my eye on the [GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB 256-bit]
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