Well each CPU deserves credit in their own right. Intel is definitely top dog and any AMD fanboy that says other wise has his head in the sand. I just like the thought of having an AMD "platform". I don't know if you know too much about the Spider, Dragon, and Leo platform AMD was pushing on. But the i7 is a no joke CPU. Esp with Hyper Threading. As far as a build for your brother, if hes going to be doing more gaming than encoding, a quadcore is perfect. The 3.2Ghz Phenom II is only $120 and can be clocked to 3.8Ghz on aftermarket air cooling.
lol its ok. I tend to do that too. I understand the software point very much...I try to avoid anything I hate about it so I dont develop a tendency to dislike it. As far as AMD is concerned I have never been biased for either one. I remember when AMD was kind back in the day. I just happened to have money burning in my pocket so I jumped on a core i7, but I think when I build my brother a pc sometime this winter it will be an AMD cpu. Lots cheeper, and I can get a good heatsink and get some good numbers out of it too :) Btw....have you ever run a hackintosh? Just curious.
PT 2 - I used to have SO much legacy hardware laying around that I just ended up donating it. Right now I just have an old P4 engineering sample, a socket 478 mobo and 4GB of DDR 400mhz ram. I also got 3 Lian Li PC60 cases that I got at a PC recycling place for $15ea. I'm taking the best parts of the 3 and modding my GF a case.
As far as the cable management, I'm kind of OCD when it comes to that. I'm a zip tie ninja lol. But those are just single sleeve extensions.
Sorry I wrote a book. ;)
Not so much software. Here's why.. I had a passion for web and graphic design. I started college as a web design major and could type HTML/ CSS almost as fast as I could type regular words. (All self taught with library books.) They wanted me to take Vis Bas.net and I hated it. So I kind of lost the taste for any type of coding. I really love the hardware aspect of it though. Especially overclocking and running benchmarks. After buying my GF a lot of "goodies" (DSLR camera, iMac, etc) she finally let me get this. I tend to go for AMD systems cause I root for the underdog and like to show what they can do. (I've had this one up to 4.4Ghz non-stable benchmark only.)