Amd or Intel?

By drfefe2 ยท 12 replies
Dec 5, 2005
  1. First i'd like to say im kinda new to all this so please dont make fun of me.

    anyways im buying a new computer. at first i wanted one with a pentium 4 2.93gh processor. then i was told the amd athlon 64 is better. the amd is only 2.2gh. how could this be better?
  2. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Intel and AMD are different types of processors. If you translate AMD 2.2 GHz into Intel, you probably get like 3ghz Intel. AMD equivalents of Intel are always a smaller # ghz but run better, cooler, and are more reliable. Thats just my opinion though.
  3. drfefe2

    drfefe2 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    thanks, this helps me alot
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

  5. hesham1516

    hesham1516 TS Rookie

    I agree with DonNagual, it all depends on what you want to use your computer for...
    it also depends on how long you want to keep the setup pc for...
    personally i'd recommend AMD processors

    The amount of Ghz doesnt really matter when it comes to processors, its kind of like Games consoles, the xbox (think of it as a AMD) having more power Owns the PS2, but more people own a PS2 (Intel), and both systems are 128bit.
  6. Norak

    Norak TS Rookie

    Not only is AMD better, it is also cheaper. AMD is also easier to install, and now has more of a range for motherboards. AMD is clearly the way to go.
  7. drfefe2

    drfefe2 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Im going to be using the computer for just about everything, but mostly games.

    this new computer will replace my current computer (pentium III 933mhz pile of crap) which i cant play any games on even whith a decent graphics card.
  8. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 72

    Earlier this year I got an Athlon64 3000, runs everything well. (I too, use it for 'everything') including 'MS FlightSim 2004' , which is a processor 'hog', and also a graphics 'hog'.
    And it runs quite well at the processor end of things. I usually have audio programs running in the background, and still does the job well.

    You'll do better either way you go.

    PS (just in case, my graphics card is 6600GT)
  9. hesham1516

    hesham1516 TS Rookie

    i would recommend pizzada's setup.
    maybe if he could post the rest of the specs...
  10. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 72


    If it helps, here's what I got:

    MoBo: Chaintech 1689 socket 939...(they don't sell it anymore, but Chaintech now sells their better VNF4 Ultra socket 939 for even cheaper than mine was 8 months ago. about $70 at It has an on-board DSL Modem and RealTek 7.1 Sound output, with audio out jacks etc..., of course.

    CPU: AMD Athlon64 3000+ 'Winchester'

    CD Drive: Lite-On CD R/RW

    Video Card: LeadTek 6600GT (which has gone WAY down in price from a few months ago)

    Memory: 2 sticks GeIL Value 512MB (2 x 256MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit ((price has gone down a LOT on these also))

    Hard Drive: 80 Gig WesternDigital IDE ( I got the cheapest one they had, but runs everything well.)

    Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor/Speakers are all basically Generic, though , for graphics sake, the monitor is 17inch FlatScreen CRT, which I run at 1152 x 864.
  11. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    I say go AMD. Why?

    -You don't encourage the biggest processor monopoly, Intel.
    -Less design bugs than Intel
    -There's no 3DNow! with Intel
    -Same clock=faster
    -L1 cache is not sharing with L2 cache
    -The latest stable Intel was Pentium I
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    ah, the perrenial argument. Each chipset has advantages and drawbacks.... go with what suits you.
  13. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    If you would've saw my Pentium II... It's best ability is crashing. Even by changing RAM, PSU, graphic card, motherboard, reinstalling Windows, etc.

    My Celeron has that kind of problem too. They all run off 440BX.

    Oh, and I wasn't even talking about chipsets in my previous posts, CPUs themselves.
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