Skip to comments.Vanity - Better Choice - Intel or AMD?
Posted on 11/28/2006 7:08:02 AM PST by jonno
It's been a long, long time, but I'm back in the market for a new PC. The last time I built a machine (10 years ago 8^) I used an AMD processor, but there were always "issues".
I've been looking over at the Dell site, and they seem to have some very good deals. What is interesting is that the AMD-based machines are a good deal cheaper - and what about that Celeron?
So today I'm looking to tap into the deep pool of Freeper knowledge.
Right now Intel, hands down. Core2Duo or Core2Quad(QX6700)
AMD if you like gaming.
Intel if you don't care.
How much $ are you willing to spend and what are you going to use it for?
You get what you pay for. The AMD chips are okay and are far more compatible now than they were, but Intel is still the industry leader (at least now that they got the Core 2 Duo line out) and they have lots more R&D money.
I'd still buy Intel and have for my last two machines (both purchased this year.)
Even Apple has gone Intel!
What do you intend to use it for...and what operating system do you intend to use?
are you smoking dope?
I'd say just make certain you get a 64 bit processor from either company, and make certain it is a 'dual core.' Unless you are a propeller head looking for THE best performance, you'll be happy with either.
Stay away from Celeron.
Make certain ANY processor/ PC/ Notebook you buy is ready to run Microsoft Vista **AND** can handle at least 2 Gb of RAM.
That's my 4 cents. I have 6 machines here in my company-- 3 are intel, 3 are AMD. No issues.
> AMD if you like gaming.
That used to be true.
The Core 2 Duo chips outperform all similarly priced Athlon 64 and Opteron CPU's when it comes to gaming, and to just about everything else.
It was AMD for gaming until the Core 2 Duo came out.
I consider myself an AMD fan, BUT Intel right now has the best
processors... if ya don't trust me do some reviews online... just go to yahoo and search for a review of the "Intel Core2Duo E6600"(thats a pretty good sweet spot)
I do a bit of gaming and love AMD's. They run my programs for school quite well, too (MATLAB, Mathematica, AutoCAD). The only thing you might want to do is make sure you have extra cooling capability. A single case fan might not do the job - use 2 at a minimum. As far as dual core processors, I believe that it's basically a wash between AMD and Intel. The only difference (I beleive) is the AMD's are 64 bit whereas the Intels are still 32. (Someone please correct me on this if I'm wrong...)
Any incompatibility (issues) you saw in the past were probably more due to a cheaply made and poorly engineered motherboard rather than the AMD processor, a company looking to scrimp on costs will scrimp on everything.
yea, im using a custom homebuilt AMD system right now, like i said i like AMD they have done LOTS for ALL of us... but Intel has an excellent product in the Core2Duo and Core2Quad(IF you do professional apps like 3D rendering, video editing and such)
Exactly right. It's a no-brainer.
yea its bette not to give advise if your not sure.
In this case the Intel Core2Duo BLOWS AMD's X2 and FX out of the water... and Intel is also 64bit :\
There are not many, if any, games that use a dual core processor right now. I used to be an Intel user, but that all changed after I tried an AMD. I only care about performance, so I am not an Intel or AMD devotee as many people are.
AMD uses recycled electrons, Intel uses fresh electrons. There's nothing wrong in using recycled electrons. All computers use recycled gold at contacts. AMD has rigorous testing of them. AMD has put cost pressure on Intel such that they'll be doing it too. Other than that, without bench testing, comparable chips are indistinguishable. A mid range computer today has more computer power than existed in 1965 in the whole world. Use the power responsibly. Don't drink and write code.