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Intel or AMD?

By chrisb52 ยท 11 replies
Feb 8, 2017
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  1. What would be your choice when upgrading or building your own PC Desktop??
    AND WHY?

    My desktop is about 6 years old now....ALL components.

    They are.............

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2800 MHz (6 Cores)
    Motherboard Model: FOXCONN A88GMV
    Memory: 8Gb (2Gb RAM in each of 4 slots).
    Video Chipset: AMD Radeon HD 4250
    Drive Model: WDC WD1600AAJS-00PSA0
    Drive Controller: Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    7 USB ports slots.

    Just curious.
    Many thanks.
     
  2. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 476

    AMD just might have something worthwhile soon. The last time I bought an AMD chip it was an Opteron 165. They just haven't had anything worth my money since Conroe came out.
     
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  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,048   +763

    AMD has classically used more power AND runs hotter - - go Intel.
     
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,359   +445

    Squeeze some more life out of your current system by purchasing your planned video card now (my PCIe 3 card runs fine in my PCIe 2 slot). Your 6 cores should still do well in the near future as modern games begin to use more cores. Then wait on Ryzen to see if it really shakes things up as it seems it will.
     
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,359   +445

    Ooops!! Forgot the bottled lightning.. SSD drive (256GB) might give you a 'new system' feel as well.
     
  6. I know many are praising Ryzen but its new territory for AMD. I've also read of many people having problems with compatible Ryzen motherboards already. AMD lacks the funds Intel has for proper R+D. Compatibility issues can arise with a Ryzen setup, they will likely get fixes but why pay for something you can't count on? Go Intel.

    I haven't trusted AMD for cpu's in over 10 yrs. Intel is just more efficient.

    *Fast Intel quad core CPU
    *16 GB or more ram
    *Seasonic, Antec or EVGA 80+ Gold or Platinum power supply (NEVER buy a cheap PSU)
    *Nvidia video card (efficiency) GTX 970 if u game 1080p on one monitor......GTX 1070, 1080 or 1080TI if u run multiple monitors and want good framerates.
    *ALL SSD drives, if u value silence N speed

    *Mechanical drives are like the floppy disk, the end is here/near. SSD's are affordable these days.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 15, 2017
  7. trparky

    trparky TS Booster Posts: 193   +81

    I wouldn't go with quad-core anything these days. With the fact that much of what Intel sells today is still only quad core it's already outdated. Go AMD, seriously go AMD.
     
  8. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 731   +345

    It depends how long you plan to keep your CPU/motherboard. If you upgrade every 3-4 years, having a new quadcore now is perfectly fine. Pricing on 8 core+ CPUs still is not very good.
     
  9. marko88

    marko88 TS Rookie

    I always use amd

    It is better for games
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 17, 2017
  10. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 731   +345

    Except FPS games. CS:GO, the current most played FPS game heavily favors Intel CPUs for higher frame rates. Most FPS games do better on an i5 than on Ryzen CPUs.
     
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,265   +739

    cliffordcooley likes this.
  12. Jyrkz

    Jyrkz TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I've been wearing my Red glasses since Athlon64.
    [​IMG]
     

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