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#1 Jul 06 2010 at 10:15 AM Rating: Good
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I'm in the early planning stages for my next big computer upgrade which will involve CPU, mobo and RAM. Ive always owned AMDs and havent had any problems with them, but this go around I kinda convinced myself I wanted to give Intel a try. So i'm looking at CPUs on newegg and am trying to figure out what the extra money gets you with intel. Often there is a huge difference in price, and the specs arent that much different.

For example

Im not specifically looking at either of those, but its just an example. Ive always gone into CPU purchases looking at 2 things. Clock speed and bus speed. That was back in the single core era and now with quad cores im at a loss. I would assume that the I7 is better in some way...

What should i look for with processors? how big of a role does the cache play regarding the speed?
#2 Jul 06 2010 at 11:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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There are a lot of variables. Can't necessarily just compare clock speeds. Chip architecture can affect things, as can the platform as a whole. You also could consider whether you're going to be keeping things at stock speeds, or overclocking, as that can influence which might be a better pick in a price bracket. A further consideration is what sort of computing you'll be doing. Some are optimized for one architecture or another, or more commonly, have varying degrees to which they're able to be split over multiple cores.

Taking all that into consideration, there are times where AMD will be better, and times where Intel will be.

That said, the comparison you have is slightly off. You could aptly compare the i5 750 to a Phenom II x4 965BE, which is much more comparable in price ($195ish) and still marginally outperforms it at stock clock in most things. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=109

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#3 Jul 06 2010 at 11:57 AM Rating: Good
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I see. So basically its a good idea to just go look at the benchmarks rather than worry about the specifications.
#4 Jul 06 2010 at 12:34 PM Rating: Good
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Yep. About the only "wrong" choice out there right now are the dual core i5 chips - those cost what they do because of the integrated GPU, and offer lackluster performance for the money.

Otherwise, honestly, if you're building a machine with a focus on gaming, your GPU choice will likely make a far bigger impact. You still want something decent, of course, but if it's one or the other, spend $300 on the GPU and $200 on the CPU, rather than the other way around. That sort of thing.
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#5 Jul 06 2010 at 12:54 PM Rating: Good
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im actually set on vid card atm, and want my next upgrade to last me a while. i figure a ~200$ CPU will hold me over for a long while.
#6 Jul 08 2010 at 7:15 AM Rating: Good
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When picking a CPU you also have to look at hidden costs such as RAM type and motherboard when working with your budget. Also things like power consumption might factor in as well if you're like me and leave the comp on to torrent.
#7 Jul 08 2010 at 9:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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I tend to prefer intel chips. Yes, they cost more, but I find they seem to have fewer issues than their AMD counterparts in some scenarios. The AMD processors are definitly more cost effective though.
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#8 Jul 09 2010 at 3:46 PM Rating: Good
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Unlike Kao, I've never had a problem with Intel or AMD chips. ****, I've even got an old Cyrix box around here, and it works perfectly. Take that for what it's worth.
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#9 Jul 15 2010 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
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I found and saved this from 4chan's tech section.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k126/firebat20/Computerbuyinggraph.png

Maybe it'll help you.

Didn't upload big enough. :\

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 5:26pm by CestinShaman
#11 Aug 09 2010 at 9:50 PM Rating: Decent
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check out the benchmarks but the AMD phenom series tends to be a better price/performance than intel atm
#12 Aug 13 2010 at 11:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Another thing to remember is if you plan on going SLI you're better off with intel, Crossfire will have a few more options on both chipsets but generally works better on AMD boards.

I stay with intel since I generally have more moterboard options when it comes to multi-gpu gaming (I typically run Nvidia cards)
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