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i see many posts on whether to go intel or amd, well, as of todays date, this will help you decide.


If you have a really tight budget e.g under £600 for the whole system, definetly go AMD, they are the cheapest of the two, but this does not mean they are the worst by any stretch.

If you want raw gaming power, go intel, they have the best proccessors as of now, the sandy bridge is just amazing, especially the architecture.

If you want a HTPC build, go AMD generally speaking they run cooler, which means they need less cooling, and with less cooling you have less sound, which is good, for HTPC's, but as of now, if you have the extra money, a stock clocked sandy bridge is also an amazing option.

If you need a server, either choice is a good choice, duals xeons on an evga sr-2 board are the most powerful as of now, but the AMD opterons are also a good choice with up to 48 cores as of now.

If you want to overclock, then this is very split, the intel sandy bridges are the best overclockers as of now (up to 4.9Ghz maybe more on air) but these are also more expensive, but the AMD phenom II 550 black edition's are also known to clock particulary well, also remember if you want purely overclocking, water is the best way to go, from what i have seen intel has more watercooling solutions than amd, so if you are building a watercooling computer, then i suggest intel, sandybridge's do not benefit MUCH from watercooling, most seem to hit a wall at 5.2Ghz, whether the temperature is hot or not, im not saying phenom vs 26/500k here, im saying, the best clockers from intel are sandybridge, and the best from AMD the phenom II 550, so its your choice, budget OC'er, phenom II, the more expensive more powerful option, sandybridge.

Netbooks - for these i suggest intel everytime, the atom's are good proccessors for just web browsing, i myself own an asus with a dual core atom which is much more snappy than the single core ones (much reccomended) whereas amd do not seem to have much interest in the netbook market and so only have a few options, although some are good, they are not up to par with intels, but in a few months we may see new releases which could change all this.

Notes -

AMD prefers tighter timings over speed in ram, whereas intel the opposite prefers looser timings with higher speeds.

as of now, intel has the more powerful cpu's, there is no way anyone can try and disprove this, i myself being an amd user can even admit that, but i spent a lot less on my machine than it would of to get an intel setup, that is the main advantage with amd, cost, whereas intel costs much more in the majority of cases.

Sandy Bridge Problems - everyone knows about the problems and recalls of SB motherboards, as far as i can see few will be affected, and even so it will only be a few sata ports, chances are most of the sandy bridge users are enthusiasts and will have a new setup in a few months anyway.

^ AS OF THE TIME POSTED THIS WAS CORRECT BUT B3 REVISION BOARDS HAVE NOW FIXED THE PROBLEM^

If there is anything else you think i should add please comment and tell me, that way we can help people decide better, also, please do not make this thread a flaming/troll war.
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Flip a coin. Six of one, half a dozen of another. My son has a fairly inexpensive Intel build with an E5200 OC'd up to 3.0 and it runs quite well. When I am over at his house it seems like his rig will do almost as well as mine (if not better) with my AMD quad core at 3.37. So it really depends on what you are doing. Benchmarks and stats are all well and good, but in the end does your computer do what you want it to do. And don't worry if you have the best stuff because as soon as you buy something new there will already be something better out there!
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very true, im just trying to give some guidelines to help people out, and the e5200 may be good for day to day use as well as the amd, but when it comes to rendering or video editing like i do, the amd will eat it up, and yes, but i suppose if you have the funds to buy new stuff every few months it comes out? then to hell with it, do it!
    
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Honestly , I liked my AMD 965 BE set up got it up to 4.0ghz, just as much as my Intel set up i just finished last month. When it comes down to benching my Intel rig will blow my AMD one out of the water but my Intel rig was almost a grand or more , more expensive, currently running a sandy bridge 2600k at a stable 24/7 4.6ghz (can go more easily but waiting for new mobo in a few months).

They both play the games i play fairly equal , my intel rig just looks a bit prettier due to my 580 i have in it apposed to my 460 SC in the amd rig.

The good thing about AMD that i love is you can build a very powerful rig for decent money. I splurged a lot with my Intel system but i love it also.
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yes thats the good thing, either way, you will be happy if you custom build, please tell me anything else you feel should be added
    
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It's possible to use up to 4 of those 12-core Opterons on a single motherboard allowing you to have 48 physical cores on one platform. That system could easily laugh at them dual xeons in a well threaded application.
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It's possible to use up to 4 of those 12-core Opterons on a single motherboard allowing you to have 48 physical cores on one platform. That system could easily laugh at them dual xeons in a well threaded application.
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Sandy Bridge Problems - everyone knows about the problems and recalls of SB motherboards, as far as i can see few will be affected, and even so it will only be a few USB ports, chances are most of the sandy bridge users are enthusiasts and will have a new setup in a few months anyway.
USB port problem? I believe you mean Sata problem.
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USB port problem? I believe you mean Sata problem.
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It's possible to use up to 4 of those 12-core Opterons on a single motherboard allowing you to have 48 physical cores on one platform. That system could easily laugh at them dual xeons in a well threaded application.
yeah but they would have double the amount of cores, sr-2 only goes up to 24. so really thats not a fair analogy as it has double the core count. though ive seen some impressive benchmarks for intel vs AMD server processors with the intels beasting amd even with a lower core count. i will find them later.

in the mean time http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...x5650-review/1
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