When it comes to either building or buying a new computer one the things you have to decide on is what processor (cpu) will be controlling everything in your computer. You have the choice of either AMD or Intel and if you don’t know much about computers it may be hard to make a wise decision on which one to purchase. Lucky for you I have built computers that have used both AMD and Intel and I know a thing or two about computers as well.
What AMD Brings to the Table
AMD is known for being the company to go with when you are building a kick backside gaming computer. What AMD lacks in data crunching it makes up for in pure FPS which for a gamer is the only thing that matters. Almost every benchmark you look at for an AMD chip has that chip out performing a similar Intel chip when it comes to games. But maybe you don’t play games, does this mean that AMD is completely worthless to you? Absolutely not, AMD also has the cheapest processors, allowing you to get the most bang for your buck. At the time of this writing you can buy an AMD Phenom II X4 965 (the top of the line) for a penny under N24,000 do you want the top of the line Intel chip? Well you better be ready to drop around N100, 000 on just the processor alone. Not only that but the Phenom II processors can stand their own against Intel’s offering.
What else does AMD bring to the table? Their processors are able to operate at much more extreme temperatures while also staying cooler than Intels under normal use. The reason why this is good is because you can use liquid nitrogen to cool the AMD processor and it will run just fine where as the Intel does have a chance to break under such extreme temperatures.
What Intel Brings to the Table
Their processors are bar none, top of the line. If you want the best of the best you will have to go with Intel because all they offer is the best. Intel almost always comes out on top overall in benchmarks against AMD. Why is that? Probably because they updated their chip architecture, and are so innovative they are almost always one or two steps ahead of AMD. Right now the new Intel chips completely by pass the need for front side bus. Because of this you get a much much faster processor able to handle much more. You can also overclock the new Intel “i” series chips much easier because you can do it without even doing anything. The chips will automatically overclock when you need the extra power, this can in theory help out with games as well.
What is Right For You?
Are you a hardcore gamer looking to build your computer? If you are then AMD is most likely the way to go. You will save money buying an AMD chip and then you can use the money you save to spend more money on a newer graphics card and thus your games are going to look that much better. If you aren’t going to play a ton of games and will do more work with your computer then I would say hands down go with Intel. You can buy an i5 chip for a similar price to the Phenom II X4 and they perform a little better than the Phenom too. Now if you are just buying one from Dell or Gateway I would go with Intel unless the price difference is substantial with going AMD however last I checked it’s not a major change in price.
What do I use now?
I owned a Phenom II X4 for a few months before the heatsink gave out and it burnt out. When that happened I decided it was time to upgrade to an Intel system. The reason I didn’t earlier is because the newer AMD chips use the same motherboard socket so you can upgrade without buying a new mother board and save some money. With Intel I would have to buy a new motherboard which then requires a new type of memory so it would cost me much more money to upgrade. Anyway since my computer died on me and I wasn’t positive if it was just the processor or if it was more than that I decided to just upgrade to an Intel i5 system. It was not like night and day between the 2 systems however I do notice a pretty good difference between the i5 and Phenom II series of chips. Programs open faster and their is much less hang time between doing multiple things. For me Intel just works out better for me, most of my gaming is done on my[b] PS3[/b] so I don’t even have the “greatest” graphics card anyway.
With the way technology evolves it’s always a good idea to do a little research before buying anything. Just google the processor you are looking at for benchmarks. This will usually give you a good idea as to which processor to get. In the end neither company is better than the other, they both have their own pros as well as their own cons.