Originally Posted by MarioAndretti
You may have to overclock an AMD CPU to match the performance of intel BUT the AMD chip will cost a fraction of the price for the same performance.If,and that's a BIG IF,intel has a CPU in the same price range then you will have to overclock the h__l out of it to come close to a comparitivly priced AMD CPU.
So the answer is no,it would not be stupid to go with AMD.In fact,going with AMD is very,VERY smart.There's nothing intel can do that AMD can't.Intel is for those with a whole lot of dollars and not much sense.In other words,you don't always get what you pay for and can often get just as much or even more at a lower cost.For example,I have $500 in my AMD rig and my buddy has $1000 in his intel rig.The performance of these 2 rigs is neck and neck in every way.Unless you know what's in the box,you would NEVER know which is which when using them.If I had spent just another $50 on my CPU my AMD rig would absolutly destroy his intel rig and still cost hundreds of dollars less.
I love AMD and have been using them since I parted out my e8400 rig. I tell it how it really is to people wanting to build rigs that ask the "amd or intel?" question. In some cases I recommend AMD. In others I recommend Intel. In my experience I've come across FAR more Intel fanboys than AMD fanboys, and by fanboy I mean someone completely uneducated on this topic that mainly just spreads BS about the competing brand.
With that said, a majority of what you have typed in your post is complete fanboy BS. Generally Intel CPUs - their architecture, their power consumption, their temps, their performance, etc - are better than what AMD CPUs have been offering for some time now. Does that make AMD a bad choice? Nope. Will someone regret going with AMD over Intel? In most cases no, but that really depends on what they're running on their rigs. Will this ever change? I sure hope so, but that falls solely on the shoulders of AMD and their desire/ability to release better processors.
Even going with a CPU from AMD's current lineup you can still probably spend about the same price for an Intel chip that will outperform it in most cases. For the average end-user up to the hardcore game either brand will work if you go with something from their top-shelf lineups and that user would be hard-pressed to see any noticeable difference between the two until they break out the benchmarking. Personally I'm running an AMD 1100t BE and it does everything I need it to do including hardcore gaming. I have experienced some very rare situations where a good Intel CPU would have produced noticeably better results, mainly in certain games that rely heavily on CPU rendering.
In the end it all comes down to two main things...what you need the CPU to do and how much you want to spend. If you want to build based on brand loyalty or benchmarking results then by all means go for it, but don't act like a fanboy and spread around false information when someone, in this case the OP, is trying to obtain proper education on this topic.Edited by johnny.dot.exe - 10/13/13 at 4:38pm