My i7 build vs current AMD build


Nov 27, 2008
I am currently running a Phenom II 940 3.7ghz 4gb ddr2 1066. I was big into gaming but now I'm going off to college and im spending most of my time downloading movies and editing them messing around with video formatting and stuff of the such, a lot of multi-tasking. I was looking at building an i7 from what i have because my comp seems kinda slow when i multi-task and it doesn't wanna keep up with what im throwing at it. So is it worth getting a new mobo/ram/cpu for around $500, or should i keep my current build and add on a SSD for faster loading. Going from AMD to intel is quite confusing for me so any noob mistakes please help me correct.

Current build:

Phenom II 940 OC to 3.7ghz

Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3

Kingston 1066MHz DDR2 (2 x 2GB)

320gb HDD 7200rpm (6 years old, gonna upgrade to a 1tb if i dont get an ssd)

XFX (worst brand ever) 9800GTX

Sony Bravia 26" 720HDTV

Almost forgot! 650w PSU Rosewill

i7 Build
Intel Core i7 920 (Ill try to OC past 3.2ghz, and bump the QPI up to 6.4ghz when i figure out how)


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB)

Same HDD

Same Video card

Same monitor

Key points i liked are the dual Ethernet ports, room for sli if i ever wanna game again, and alot of sata ports. Thanks for helping me outs. And im not a fan boy of either brands, i just like a fast efficient computer.


May 10, 2009
Buy a real PSU, a faster HDD (WD 640GB black) and wait for the next round of releases. If you were building it now you'd pick an i7 over a 940, but since you've already got a 940 it's not worth junking.

In my opinion.


I would switch out your PSU and HDD in your new build.

Look to get a Corsair or PC Power & Cooling power supply. They are the two best IMO. I won't trust a Core i7 build or even your AMD build with Rosewill
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail ($99.99)
PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail ($99.99)

Your hard drive needs to be updated. I would recommend the WD Black 640GB over a SSD for your needs, plus it is the fastest of the WD Black series.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM ($74.99)

Also, this allows you to keep your current setup minus the video card. You can find a nice card for under $150 to replace the XFX 9800GTX card as well. You would be looking at a cost of $824.95 (Not including Taxes, Shipping or MIR), if you buy a new PSU and HDD.