I have been using AMD chips every since I started to build computers for my self. I am wondering if I should change over to Intel. The cost of intel chips have been high for my taste, but I wonder if I have been short changing my self by going with the lower cost AMD chips, not to say intel is better because they cost more, but perhaps I am using AMD chips where they don't work as good. I have also heard issues with AMDs memory controller with double sided ram
What I am looking for is a quad core chip, either an i7 or phenom II. The last straw that brought up the intel vs amd was trying to find ram for the board I picked out...
Anyway. Price? I don't know, probably at least 1000 bucks. I need a new:
-Ram, at least 4 gig
-HDD, I am thinking 3. 1 around 120 gig for the OS, and 2 500 for a SATA raid mirrored (never done this before). The reasonf or the 3 drive? Well, the windows xp to windows 7 upgrade bull- where you need to back everything up then do a clean install?
-Windows 7, probably the home edition
I figure my 22" monitor and geforce 8800gts *SHOULD* work in the new system.
What I will be doing on it the computer:
-Photo processing including time lapse where in some cases need to process thousands of photos.
-May play some games likes Sims 3, DVD / blurays and music as well as Itunes
-May also use the rig as a DVR
-Im not looking to overclock
I am just sick of my current PC BSODing while transfering files from usb reader or HDD, or while using photoshop or surfing. Its around 3 years old so probably needs an update anyway, since I need to do a clean install of windows 7.
What are your thoughts? I would like to hear from both sides, I don't want to hear a fanboy debate, I just would like to hear how your i7 system or phenom II system works, what kind of ram and mobo you got running, etc.