At the moment intel really holds the boat for the finest processors on the market. They've got that 45nm architecture down to a T an it runs like none-other when you're gaming, I'm goin to soon be the proud owner of a E8400 wolfdale 3.0ghz 45nm core 2 duo, I've seen these get OC'd to 5.2ghz on air cooling alone, so that should be a lotta fun.
AMD's latest quad core processor has been recieving great reviews, the processors main problem at the moment is it's inability to run smoothly on a vista 64bit based system(or any 64bit systems at that), amd's soon going to be coming out with the spider series phenom 9650 which should run smooth as butter. In my opinion AMD should of never of bought out ATI, they really fell back in the processor market when they took that leap. Now most amd processors are sold with budgets in mind, they're not jewing people like Intel is with their $1000 dollar penryns, intel's pulling in like a 300+% profit off of the materials and shit that they had to use to design the latest QX9650's an so forth.
Intel is perfect for me, but AMD's prices are phenomenal. Though like you said, their quad-cores are still crap, which is why Intel isn't even uncovering their new quad-cores. I used to be a gamer but now I'm a daily user so AMD is good for me.
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Amd, it's supposed to be slower by the numbers, but for some reason they always run smoother, faster, and have less errors.... AND are cheaper!!!
Don't say anything about benchmarking tests either, they are lame and fake.
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I got one question, what does overclocking a computer mean?
You edit the settings on certain computer hardware such as a GFX card or processeor to increase it's speed or "power" it will cause it to create more heat and have shorter life if not cooled correctly.
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Overclocking means changing the "frequencies" a specific piece of hardware has usually in your bios, there are quite a few software based programs that will allow you to do so now too but they' aren't very efficient.
Through changing your voltages on components, etc., etc. You can crank up the speed something runs at, like lets say you have a processor running at 2.4ghz you can crank that up for example to 3.4ghz, well, with overclocking, and adequate cooling you can read up on your parts voltage perimeters and change things like for instance on your cpu the FSB (frontside bus) and multiplier accordingly to make that specific part run faster thus allowing it to have more performance.
But always remember, never, ever under any circumstances go along and start changing settings in your bios without knowing what you're doing, always read up and even look at other peoples setups for good examples on how you should go about seeing what things are running at, and temps are very crucial when it comes to OC'n.
A great website to check out on overclocking is extremeoverclocking.com
Some good programs for checking out your component temps, frequencies, an the like are:
Intel Thermal analysis tool "TaT" for short
Those are a couple that I use on a regular basis. If you go to that extremeoverclocking website and check out the downloads section they have quite a few programs that will aid in overclocking, checking benchmarks, an making sure things are running well after you overclock.