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By ksandy ·
Which is better to buy, AMD or Pentium processor base computer?

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by JamesRL In reply to PC pruchasing

Honestly, been using PCs since the first one, as well as Macs and Unix workstations etc.

I've built a few, bought a few.

There are no "problems" with either. There are no real advantages either, for mainstream work.

Personally I think that for mobile computing (laptops) , the Intel Pentium M chips have some advantages; power management, scalability etc.

For desktops, when you compare an AMD with a Pentium on a similar "power" basis, the AMD is somewhat cheaper. If you want to run games and overclock your computer, its easier with AMD.

Right now, there are two computer specials on at Tigerdirect.ca. Same manufacturer, same amount of memory, same HD - everything the same except the CPU (different Motherboards of course but similar specs). One is a Pentium 3.0 Ghz (non Dual core), the other is an AMD Athlon 64 3500. Same price. I did some googling to find some appropriate benchmarks, and the AMD should perform faster.

If you want to try out 64 Bit OSs, you also may be better to stick with AMD.

For a mainstream application running Windows XP, I would ignore the manufacturer of the processor, unless it was a laptop.


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by Toivo Talikka In reply to PC pruchasing

I have built and installed a number of PCs and servers, both Windows and Linux, in the last 4 years using AMD CPUs exclusively.

On an odd occasion, certainly less than 1 percent of cases, the CPU had to be replaced but usually I suspect the motherboard if the Windows installation fails.

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by TheChas In reply to PC pruchasing

To some extent, it depends on how you use your PC.

For digital video, CADD, and many other "high end" graphics applications, Intel based systems often perform better. Some CADD programs will not provide user support for AMD based systems.

For most computer games, AMD systems outperform Intel.

For general purpose computing, the lower cost of an AMD based system is the way to go.

For overall reliability, the specific motherboard and power supply have a greater impact than the brand of CPU.


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by B_Pope In reply to PC pruchasing

AMD all the way, they far outperform Intel today in both performance & price. Plus Intels newer CPU's are power hungry & suffer from extreme heat problems as a result.

I have two Intels & two AMD PC's right now & my next one will be AMD, go with a 64 bit socket 939, whether you want dual core or not is your choice.

If your buying a pre-built PC be carefull where & what you buy, you don't get what you think with store bought PC's, generic memory, onboard graphics oh wait they call it integrated graphics & the CPU, well they may say it has a 3.0GHz Processor but there's many different versions, here's some Intel versions as an example & yes there's a huge difference between everyone of them.
-Intel? Celeron? D 345, 3.0-GHz @ 533Mhz w/ 256k (Socket 47
-Intel? Celeron? D 346, x64 3.0-GHz @ 533Mhz w/ 256k (Socket 775)
-Intel? Pentium? 4 - 3.0E-GHz @ 800Mhz w/ 1Mb (Socket 47
-Intel? Pentium? 4 -630, 3.0-GHz @ 800Mhz w/ 2Mb EM64T XD (Socket 775)
-Intel? Pentium? D -930, 3.0-GHz @ 800Mhz w/ 2Mb x 2 Dual Core (Socket 775)
There's several other Intel CPU's @ 3.0GHz but that should give you an idea.

And yes the CPU is the most important part of your PC so choose it wisely. There's many forums such as MajorGeeks or Hardware Analysis where you can learn a great deal in a short period of time about what to look for & why when buying or building a PC.

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by entawanabi In reply to PC pruchasing

Given only those two to chose from, AMD as that is a line of research they do as a mainline business and not a lesser line as they do at Intel where it is the development of CHIPS instead of process?r or computer chips

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by NZ_Justice In reply to PC pruchasing

buy a MAC power pc, before they goto intel, or buy the new MAC on an intel chipset. or have a look at alienware http://www.alienware.com and get an awesome pc from them.

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by wlbowers In reply to PC pruchasing

AMD hands down. Cheaper and as fast or faster that Pentium. Just as reliable.


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