I'm looking to replace my aging desktop (athlon 64 3000) with something new, with a bit of power for gaming. I haven't kept up much on the new cpu's, but is there anything that you'd recommend?
I've been looking at quad core AMD phenom's. But I've also seen some dual core AMD Athlon "Black Editions" around, which I'm not sure how they stack up. I briefly looked at Intel Core i7's but they seem a bit pricy at the moment.
I'm looking for something with a bit of power behind it, but also something that's affordable. I'd say my budget is $1500 max. I'm leaning more to looking at a barebones system, something where I can still easily put in what i want.