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So the way I think of it is, Intel is better, right now anyway, and I'm a fanboy of Intel, they are faster, but more expensive. I m going into Uni next year so my gaming will be cut, the only one I plan on playing once a week is Battlefield 3. I wanna screw around in GTA4, but won't have time for other games. So my list is either
Intel 2500k with z68 for ssd caching (1.15k after tax), other stuff are somewhat average stuff, G.skill 4gb cas 8, 600W ocz modxstream, gtx 560 Ti TFII

BUT DO I REALLY NEED ALL THAT POWER for only 1-3 games, and during uni so ...

or go AMD
1075T/1090T with some 100-130$ mobo Asus, 6950/6870 (cheaper), same for rest, case HAF 912, same PSU, RAM, maybe add SSD in this build, but not in intel one, WD Black 640 GB 64mb cache

So for my needs, whats more suitable ? cheaper, and still great gaming machine, or intel where i most likely wont use all the power, but just cos intel rocks, and itll be more futureproof since the insane OC's.
Thanks,
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post #2 of 10
Why pay for features you don't need? Unless you are benchmarking or encoding HD video you will not notice the difference between high end AMD and high end Intel.

Besides that, even getting a 6 core AMD chip is future proof. Most software out there barely supports dual threads still.
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Either one will be fine for gaming but the Intel is newer therefor more "future-proof". They may also hold the performance crown right now but Bulldozer is coming out this summer so AMD might take the lead again.
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What do you foresee yourself using your computer for, 75% of the time?

If you can answer that I can tell you what to buy.
    
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post #5 of 10
If all you're doing is gaming then go AMD, you won't notice much a difference if at all.

If you're going to be doing rendering and the likes you'd benefit from the extra money torwards an Intel
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post
If all you're doing is gaming then go AMD, you won't notice much a difference if at all.

If you're going to be doing rendering and the likes you'd benefit from the extra money torwards an Intel
You've got that backwards... at least for the interim.
    
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post #7 of 10
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hmm i can say that, for gaming, and on a computer, gaming will only take about 15-25% of what i use the computer for. but at the same time, i wanna get a steady 60FPS in battlefield 3, at 1080p, 2xAA or none at all, no vsync, and all features turned to max. or VERY CLOSE to max. so i dunno what the difference will be between AMD and Intel cpu in terms of that, but for the rest of the stuff I do, which the second most stressing thing ill do is encoding videos for the Galaxy S II which ill be getting when it comes out. So little gaming, little encoding, and otherwise just general Office, presentations, all that uni stuff.
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post #8 of 10
If you want the best gaming experience you can get, you need to go Intel.

If you can be happy without all the bells and whistles while gaming and only plan on 25% gaming usage, you need to go AMD.

If 75% of your time isn't gaming, go AMD.
    
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post #9 of 10
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hmm interesting, i hate how some ppl say AMD sucks, go Intel, and i love intel, but right now im just trying to save as much as i can by not wasting it on crap i dont need. but its pretty damn cool to have intel, its like having iphone 4 over an android phone . i dunno, its so hard to decide.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
If you want the best gaming experience you can get, you need to go Intel.

If you can be happy without all the bells and whistles while gaming and only plan on 25% gaming usage, you need to go AMD.

If 75% of your time isn't gaming, go AMD.
lol what? Without all the bells and whistles? What does going with AMD have to do with the bells and whistles of a game? Todays cpus especially for what he'll be getting aren't going to bottleneck a video card so your bells and whistles theory is irrelevant.
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