I'm debating on an AMD PC (+ more accessories, since it's cheaper) or an Intel PC

Jun 25, 2011
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  1. It was first going to be a budget build, but I recently stumbled across a small fortune.
    My budget is now around/exceeding the 1,000 USD margin.

    At first, I was going to go AMD to get comparable performance whilst spending less $$$, but since my budget is now higher, should I...?:

    A. Go Intel.

    B. Stick with the cheaper AMD and use the rest of the cash to buy killer accessories, a better case and/or extra fans and heatsinks to overclock like a sonofab!@ch.

    My current AMD build is as follows:

    MOBO: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870

    GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3

    HDD: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

    CASE: Thermaltake Armor A60 AMD LEO Edition
  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    If you've got a little extra money to work with I'd recommend giving Intel a hard look ... the difference in price isn't what it used to be.
  3. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +201

    Well, from the looks of it, all that comes up to roughly 800$ USD, with that price you have some room to get better parts in some places.
    If i were you, id go for the Intel CPU.
    MOBO: P67 Extreme4

    With the new CPU/Board swapped in the price will rise to about 940$ but its worth it if u ask me. With that said, depending on how much more u have left over, here's a good aftermarket CPU cooler to replace the stock stuff.
    This way you could overclock if u ever wanted too, as long as your not trying to achieve super high clocks.

    But if you don't have any peripherals already or a OS , id stick the AMD build, which is actually pretty solid and should preform well.
  4. ENDZYM3

    ENDZYM3 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thanks guys. I've talked to several other friends and got their opinions and I've weighed them.
    I'll probably stick with the AMD build, but I'm going to Fry's in a couple minutes and I'll also get to talk to some more people about it.

    It would be nice to get Intel performance and still have enough for a good monitor, keyboard, mouse, and headset.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    For the $$$ of the 970, look at getting the 1055T for a few bucks more. You said you were going to OC heavily, and the Thubans are the best oc'ers. also, you may be surprised at the amount of software and games that will make use of the 6 cores.
    Just my two cents.
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I agree with Greg. The 1055T is an excellent choice at that price point.

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