So I'm doing a new build...but I have a few problems.. I do plan on building a new machine next year sometime around April, and put a couple thousand into it (Either Bulldozer or Sandy Britchs..err Bridge...or the SR-2 build I have always wanted..) The problem is I need a PC up and running now for work and play, and my laptop is just not cutting it. I have pondered between the two setups and cannot decide for the life of me. This machine will eventually turn into a home media center with Linux and XBMC installed on it, so I don't want to sink a ton of money into it. ($450 tops for a budget) Limitations Must be MATX board..its the only case I have, and I dont want to buy a new one. AMD: ASRock 890GM PRO3 Phenom II 1055t 4GB's of memory (cheapest that I can find) Intel: Not a clue what to get that would be comparable..Been looking at P55/H55 chipsets and stuck between going Dual Core or Quad core. I had priced out the following.. i5-750 ASUS Maximus III GENE Cheapest memory I can find.. Other parts I do have.. 2 Power supplys, 500watt and a 650watt. 4870 and 5770 video cards NZXT Rogue Case 4-5 HDs various sizes 500+gb So in the long run, I need 4 months of work (Which mainly includes RDP and some other stuff from home) Video encoding / and gaming at 1920x1080. As well as some VMware work. I'm leaning more toward the AMD for the cost effectiveness and extra cores for the encoding..but Intels got me on MB design especially the GENE III, I had a GENE II before and loved it.. Suggestions?