Intel vs. AMD

By aeronautica ยท 12 replies
Jul 12, 2004
  1. I'm sure this has been discussed, but with my dialup I'd rather not go sorting through a bunch of old posts.....

    my question is this: which cpu is best for what? Thinking of my nest system here; I'll be in college so I'll be doing school related stuff, will be using Win XP, I play some games, but I'm not really a hard core gamer, I generally play first-person action/adventure/simulation (ie Morrowind; big Mechwarrior fan).
    So I would like opinions on which cpu I should be looking for in my next system.
  2. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Are you going to be doing video editing, and stuff like that? Intel is better for encoding and stuff, and AMD is better for games. So if you are taking a course where you will be editing video, go with Intel.
  3. aeronautica

    aeronautica TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    No, I'm going to be a biology major, so I highly doubt I'll be doing any video editing for college courses, and its not something I do as a hobby. There might be a small chance that I'll be doing a few programming courses (java, vb, open gl) to continue my work from highschool, but I doubt I'll have time to do those with my bio courseload.
  4. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Then i would go AMD if you like playing games, and you think you will play games more then doing encoding projects.
  5. aeronautica

    aeronautica TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    alright, AMD it is then; the fastest AMD I can find (on newegg) is like 2.4ghz...whats up with this? (sorry, I'm not too informed on amd processors - used only intel thus far)

    CoLD_SToRAGE TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Go AMD, its the best value for money for most people in my opinion. And the AMD would do fine for some light sound/video editing work, I've never had problems.

    On a budget go with athlon XP

    Got plenty of cash go P4

    Got too much money, go Athlon 64

    Also the money you can save by getting Athlon means you can get a better video card!
  7. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    That should explain your 2.4 GHz problem.
  8. aeronautica

    aeronautica TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    alright, thoughts on this one: Athlon 64 3200+ 512K cache >>> See It Here on newegg.
  9. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Looks good to me, just make sure everything is compatible before you buy.
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That is very true. I love my AMD, and that's all I've owned, simply from the price points compared to Intel. And yes I'd get a Barton if you could, they are well worth it.
  11. aeronautica

    aeronautica TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    one last question: Windows (XP) using a 64 bit processor? are they compatable? I'll start a new thread as soon as I get back from the gym listing the parts I am considering using in this system (my first attempt at building a system BTW)
  12. Raiders

    Raiders TS Rookie Posts: 69

    it should be said that you get your DDR-Memory to be as fast or faster than the FSB of the AMD of choice,,
  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Speaking from experience yes.
    Intel and AMD were at one point both working on 64bit solutions. AMD went down the road of providing an enhanced CPU with 64bit solutions, so that it could still execute 32bit code but when necessary operate using 64bit code. Intel initially opted for their own 64bit only system but are now offering a similar 32/64 type solution. At the moment the only 64bit operating systems available are Linux distributions. Windows XP 64bit is still at beta (which you can signup for and download but I've found it to be slow and not worth the hassle). Just remember to get at least PC3200 DDR ram to pair with a 3200+ (whether its 64 or not). Running the ram at the same speed as the CPU front side bus will give better performance than running with slower ram.
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