AMD processor or i7 Intel processor?
Am I to understand i7 has the better performance, and AMD is multipurpose and has longer lifespan?
Yes, Q I am looking at some more sane and fiscally responsible boards...guess I had a moment there with the delusions of grandeur of buying a berzerker board that would soon be obsolete anyways... so thank you for injecting a little dialog of sanity back into the air my mind breathes.
On a (maybe, maybe not) minor note:
According to one source the i7 also has GPU abilities but are not taken advantage of... I was lead to believe it had none and you had to get separate GPUs anyways (though I see where having one around in ANY case is a better idea).
I have 2 or 3 reading references in my room here, and one in person...I am seeking more opinions. And if possible experiences.
The main question is, am I stuck with AMD processors and ATI Radeon if I want to use my machine more often and for other stuff than just overclocking and gaming?
I am trying to come to a decision here... I want something that will gore a politician like an angry bull in an alleyway, but if I go for performance, am I going to have to replace the processor *every year*?
Meanwhile I hear some boards with AMD processors tend to only unlock overclocking (both manual or preset increments)when you have all compatible parts; ATI radeon is larger louder and hotter running vs nvidia.
Sorry, any gaming elite out here, if I am asking anything repetitive or redundant.
Sorry I didn't reply to your other thread, but I wanted to wait until all the dust had cleared from the launch of AMD's new Bulldozer architecture and I had a definitive answer as to who had the better chip. Unfortunately, it was all for nothing, because the answer's the same as it's been for the past 5.5 years: Intel.
So, what I'd recommend for your build is a Core i5 2500k and either an ASUS or Gigabyte Z68 motherboard. The only substantial difference between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k is that the 2600k has hyperthreading enabled to emulate 8 cores (4 real; 4 virtual), and it's $100 more. If you don't need that, and most people don't, just get a 2500k.
As far as overclocking is concerned; you've got it backwards. Intel has reduced overclocking to unlocked CPUs only (the "k" models), but the difference in price between locked and unlocked CPUs of the same model is only about $20.
As for GPUs, you've also got that backwards. Nvidia's architecture is generally less efficient than AMD's (there is no ATI anymore), Though there isn't as big a difference as there was a couple of years ago. DX11 is simply a GPU hog. The reason I stick with Nividia is because I still like to play KotOR and TSL every now and then (as well as other older games) and they still run on Nividia cards with 0 fuss. Not so with AMD. Depending on your monitor's resolution, I would recommend something on the level of a GTX 560ti or HD 6950.
Finally, you live in SoCal, right? If so, then you're in a unique position. You live near Fry's electronics and, more importantly, Micro Center. Micro Center has terrific deals when you buy a 2500k/2600k with select motherboards (like $60-80 off), so you'll probably be able to get your CPU and motherboard for less than $300, even with Kalifornia's atrocious sales tax.
EDIT: The Anandtech Bench is a great resource for comparing CPUs, graphics cards and SSDs.
I see I could have maybe phrased things a little differently, though you did answer some of my questions.
A friend of mine had a laptop with a core i5 intel. After a little more than 1 year the processor died. He used that thing *constantly* and he is nowhere near the f*#% up of an urban destruction machine that I am.
Another case was an intel core i3 processor in a client's desktop machine. Again, constant use and it died in a little more than 1 year.
My confidence in intel is wavering a bit.
My issue is I want a Z68 asus or gigabyte and it runs best on intel. While i7 is what I want, I don't want to have to buy a new processor *every* year b/c I use it for more than overclocking and gaming and for longer than a few hours at a time per week. Think movie edit pro, anime studio debut 6, itunes, watching dvds, youtube, decal making and graphics, microcontroller programming, EEPROM programming, voices and such, audacity, etc.
...not sure if want emulator or modding, though.
I was aware you had to buy an unlocked model of processor for intel. While there is the manual way, I am also aware some come with presets?
so nvidia is not a bitchy about backwards compatibility (read: playing older games), but AMD is more efficient...
This is by no means going to be quickly put together. Parts will be selected over time depending also on what level of money I have at each phase.
You're about 550-600 miles off. I'm in nor-cal, fairly close to its capitol, sacraghetto.
No, I just visit So Cal, though not next year, due in part to the funds for that being diverted to this. Another reason...well with as little funds as I had this year, no interesting items on the itinerary... plus when you drive 600 miles and all your friend does is play games, facebook, and text (and sleep 12 hours at a time), and no bros hanging out like old times, it really made me not want to come back for another visit. The other pal...is always gone because he's "whipped"--though she looks a little like Alyx Vance IRL (enough to pull off a cosplay), so I don't blame him.
Mostly I'm just doing a lot of things, trying to expand on my work a bit, and stretch out in the entrepreneurial sense. Meeting new people, doing other things.
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