The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban is on par with the intel i7 and it is only a fraction of the price! 200$ or 1000$ ? im going to go with 200$
Edit: there is more then one type of i7 of course its not on par with a top end i7 but it sure isnt that far behind for the price difference.
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