Intel or AMD

Discussion in 'Tech' started by MaesterB, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    *SIGH*

    So, I was gung-ho to go for a nice Core 2 Duo (or Quad Core if the price was right) and went into the old shop that I used to work at to price some equipment out.

    A girl I worked with automatically started looking at Phenom prices for me when I mentioned upgrade. I said intel all the way, but she seemed convinced that I would be better off with AMD.

    All I'm looking at is board, CPU, motherboard, and video card. I just got a new hard drive and power supply last week.

    Recommendations? Remember...Canuckle here, so only great white north pricing applies.

    And I'm budgeting about $600.
  2. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Women + computer recommendations = no. ;)

    The performance crown has been held by Intel for a long, long time. And the i7 CPUs completely annihilate AMD. Only buy the Phenom if you're content with a entry to mid level CPU, and don't mind more heat.
  4. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Recommendation + shop clerk = no, as well.

    She just has an overstock of Phenoms that she wants to push out the door...
  5. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    If he is going for the i7 then he has to get new memory which bumps up the overall cost.

    Sticking with a mid range cpu might actually mean the phenom is the better buy.
  6. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Well...I was looking at:
    Core 2 Quad Q8200
    4GB OCZ Gold Edition PC8500 DDRII Ram
    Asus P5Q Motherboard
    512MB GTS 250 Video Card

    With taxes (if I pick all that up in Calgary when I'm out there next) it will set me back $626.
  7. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    For the same money or a little less the phenom II x4 920 might be the better buy. It out performs the q8200 in a lot of benchmarks.

    I love intel but if you want the best bang for the buck it may be with AMD.
  8. demonizeZ

    demonizeZ Junior Member

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    My advice will be to stick with intel. Look in to E8400, its dual core with 6MB L2 cache. Great OC potential, if you in that. Unless you really are working with programs that utilizes all 4 cores, then you should look for better quad with higher Cache. Other wise dual core with high Cache is good for gaming and other normal uses IMO.

    If you can; try to get x48 chipset board. ASUS P5E Deluxe, i heard good things about that board. Specially for gamers. Its around 140$ in US. Dont know how it translate in to Canadian.
  9. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I used to say to plan ahead for system upgrades down the line, but how often do you guys put more than a single CPU in a system board? These days if I'm swapping out a CPU I'm usually doing a mobo too. Ram and drives are about the only things I buy these days that survive more than one build.
  10. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    I think PC components have reached a peak. 5-7 years ago, a new video card/cpu was released every 6-12 months that made worlds of difference in graphic performance. Nothing has really come out that demands such power anymore. On the contrary, games like TF2 and WoW were made with the low-end user in mind.

    The only real reason I see to have a ridiculous powerhouse is if you're addicted max res/AA/AF or you're just starting to play PC games. Next-gen consoles are a big reason for this too. Why spend hundreds on a PC when you can get a console and not have to worry about specs. The graphic differences are negligible...but even then, it'd have to be your only care for the game.
  11. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Well...I'm still thinking gaming, but the last game I played on my PC...NEW...ummm...WoW...maybe Oblivion. I hardly touch squat nowadays. Time to re-think...
  12. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    I can't speak about gaming or AMD's comparison to intel but I have been using the q6600 since the G0 stepping came out. I've got to say the quad makes a difference, I never get lockups or BSOD from having too many windows open or apps running, if a web page is slow loading you can bet the holdup is at the other end or something with the ISP. I set the defrag and anti virus to run during the day so my PC does not "wake" at 2 am and then wake me with drives chugging along. I like the I7 but I won't be upgrading anytime soon for this quad I have is still plenty fast.
    IMO, I'd say go with the q8400.
  13. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    i remember the days when amd was best bang for the buck, awesome overclockers, great rep.. while intel was overpriced lame cpus.

    i wish those days would come back around.
  14. Goofus Maximus

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    They might. Intel has this tendency to want to force things down the public's throat, and when that happens, giving us RAMBUS + P4, then AMD will be there to keep Intel honest. :)