So, I've always been an intel guy. I don't know a ton about it but I do know that I wanted to upgrade to an intel i7 920 in the coming weeks.
However I've discovered that intel and radeon don't get along like best buddies, and after doing a little research, I find that a lot of other people feel this way as well, ontop of the fact that (from what I understand), AMD is more power per dollar (in other words, AMDs equivelant is cheaper than intel).
I was wondering if someone could take the time to give me a little lesson on AMD, what's new, what's cheap, what's high value for the money, etc. I'm doing a bunch of research to learn this as quickly as possible because I'm finding that I'm not happy with my gaming rig, despite having an hd5770.
I also know NOTHING about mobos, other than to say I know mine needs to be replaced before buying a cpu.
And please don't get the idea I'm just being lazy, I'm using other resources as well, and while I'm pretty good at figuring things out, I tend to be a little off or outdated with my information when drawing my own conclusions, so having some expert help will go a long way.
As far as a budget goes... I'm really unsure. I don't wanna overkill with it. Something that will measure up to an hd57701gb would be nice. I'd like my components to be relatively equal so I don't end up with bottlenecks.
Also, I don't know how to overclock my cpu, and I'm a little hesitant to learn because I don't have the money to replace my mistakes. Maybe I'll practice on my e6550 once I get a new one, but for now, let's leave OC comparisons out and stay in the safe zone with factory default speeds.
Huh...So I browsed on newegg for about, 20 seconds, and this immediately stood out.
It has a ton of reviews, all of them good, it seems very newbie friendly. Is it just me or is this the one and only bread and butter cpu from amd?
Or would this be a better idea?