Originally Posted by Aeloi
To support AMD I would think.
This is a reason, might not be good, but it's a reason.
Originally Posted by Torched-Geek
an attempt to start a flame war for the record, but i'd like to know what compels Phenom users to buy a Phenom in the first place, especially for a build from scratch.
Genuine reasons please.
I'd consider myself an AMD fan boy, or at least I would have done when I built my current three year old system, but I don't see what the advantage of building a Phenom system could be. In the UK, the Q6600 is cheaper than the cheapest four core Phenom, so price doesn't seem to the reason, at least of the CPU itself? Overclocking, I've seen all evidence pointing to the Intels being faster etc. so why?
Reasons from current/past Phenom users only please.
The reasons exist and they can be more or less relevant for your case, here are mine.
First, because I like the underdog, I liked AMD in the beginnings of the 64bit era (A64), I hated AMD in the pre-C2D days, and now I like the company once more for fighting to survive, like buying ATI with the risk of bankruptcy because they didn't have a chipset, graphics technology larabee-like or any other way to develop them in time. You need guts to do this, I like this.
Another reason is that I have never ever been disappointed in an AMD build. My company uses Dell I have been disappointed over and over again with Intel builds; I still work on a dinosaur 8CPU (4cpus+4hts) netburst workstation. The company is tied to dell, dell is tied to intel (and don't say it's not so without proofs) so I am tied to dell-intel workstations.
I don't like the way Intel does business although the engineering teams are probably better than AMD's, especially the one in Israel that designed Pentium1, Pentium PRO, Dothan, Core Duo/C2D (almost everything they did in the last 20 years)
All my builds are made with a price/$ consideration, that's why I would never have bought an X2 when they appeared, nor a quad now (AMD or Intel) for being useless and overpriced. If I were to throw money away on a quad, I would at least buy the cheapest to see if there's anything useful I could do with it except burning my electricity money. In Europe the Phenom is much cheaper than a C2Q. I don't care about their performance in 3DMark because I don't play 3DMark, so in my book they are equal performance-wise before testing. I would get a Phenom to play around with a quad.
Last but not least each AMD system is snappier than a comparatively priced Intel. An AMD rig ALWAYS has cheaper moterboards for the same quality. How the heck can you put a 70$ tag on that garbage of G35 and get for the same money a 780G packed with features? The 20$ saved on the mobo allows for a better CPU, thus the snappiness I was talking about.
This is from a guy that had 6 AMD rigs since the Duron 750MHz days, but know what a GTLVREF is. Between two useless things (for me)
I would get the cheaper.