Re: AMD or Intel
I personally prefer Intel because their CPUs have more cache than the AMD equivalents and that matters to me. However, that's not to say AMD is "rubbish", they're not, if you're on a budget, AMD is definitely the way to go, their CPUs do offer better for value than the Intel CPUs. It depends what you want, but for me, I'd stick with Intel. My friend has a Phenom II X4 840 and it does everything he needs it to do and more.
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