So~ I've been through a ton of research, and a ton more fanboyism, and benchmarks that always seem to be far different, so I decided to make an account here and see if someone who knows things can help. Now, I'm going to be playing games of course, but also have Fraps running. Also, Sony Vegas for rendering/editing videos. My question, is if this CPU would handle these things with ease.
I know everyone says Intel, and I've had Intel before and I love both companies, I just think that the 8150 would be a good alternative to a rather expensive CPU. I know the line "You get what you pay for" and.. just please try to be informative. Don't just simply say "Intel, always." I'd like facts.
as for rendering, intel takes the cake, even against the 8-core AMD cpu's. i would link something here but have limited internet access from work.
even some reviews on this site on the amd or intel chips you will see the difference for rendering is usually in intel's favor. I mean in comparison, i took my 955, overclocked it to 4.0Ghz stable, and we took my buddies i5-2500k (at the time) and put the clock speed to 3.0GHz, lets just say i was not suprised that the i5 beat mine out in rendering a movie and by a decent margin as well.
And as AMD's CEO has said, they are not in the business to compete for the fastest anymore, intel has been ahead of AMD for a long time now with their CPU's especially when being used for video rendering.
mind you AMD CPU's are not horrible when rendering, they just will take a bit longer in comparison.
Thank you both much for the information. I'm not too worried about the time it takes to render at the moment. At least until I start throwing out more videos such as 3-4 per day. Hopefully then, I will have something along the lines of an i7. Right now, I'm kinda looking for for mainly smooth gameplay with Fraps. I know I'll probably be throwing away some money since I'll have to buy a new MB/CPU in the future.
Either way, I think I've made my choice to choose the 8150 for now. At least 'till the time comes when i'll need faster rendering.
Again, thank you for the info.
No, you do not need to get a new motherboard. PCI-E slots are backwards compatible. It will work, since most newer motherboards run at x16 mode (meaning how fast the data travels). The x16 also refers to the size of the slot as well.
Most newer cards can't max out a PCI-E 2.0 slot running at x16 mode.