AMD vs. Intel

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  1. The i7 is better, but also costs more. So it depends on your budget and what you intend to use the PC for.
  2. well, i game a lot.. but i also use photo editors like Photoshop etc for creating websites.. and i have a good budget :) about $1800
  3. Well then, spend the extra $30 or so and buy the 2600K.
  4. ok,
    but what are actually the differences between the CPU's listed above
  5. I would say get an i5 2500 or 2500k if you plan to overclock, and use the money you saved over an i7 to invest in the rest of your system, for example in a decent SSD.
  6. well i have in my configuration now:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600
    SSD: Corsair CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT (Light-Retail, Force serie, MLC-chip) (for OS only)
    HDD: WD Caviar Black WD 1TB
    Grapics: Radeon PCIE 2.0 HD 5770 1GB DDR5
    RAM: Corsair DDR3 8GB
    Power supply: Be Quit Dark Power Pro P9-750W
  7. Looks pretty solid. Personally I would spend less on the CPU and get a top end i5, and a bit more on the graphics card and get a HD6800 series or a GTX560.
  8. At $850 or above system cost, I go Intel.

    Consider this as a "base" system

    Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $215 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    DVD Writer - $20 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

    That's under $950

    I'd invest $100 in the 900 MHz 560 before I'd get a SSD. In the example below one 900 Mhz 560 gets 495 total fps summing performance in Guru3D's test suite .... COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. In SLI, it gets 862 fps....the shocker is the unit cost per frame. AT $0.43 per frame as single card and $0.50 in SLI, it's easily the best bang for the buck.

    6850 (371/634) $0.42 - $0.49
    6950 (479/751) $0.51 - $0.65
    560 Ti (455/792) $0.53 - $0.61
    6970 (526/825) $0.64 - $0.81
    560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.43 - $0.50
    570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77
    580 (616/953) $0.81 - $1.05
    6990 (762/903) $0.95 - $1.61
    590 (881/982) $0.79 - $1.43

    And when you do buy an SSD, the Vertex 3 is the clear choice.
  9. Before buying an i7 CPU check to see if the programs you use will take advantage of Hyper Threading. Otherwise you may as well just go for an i5 CPU.

    Games do not benefit from HT, and HT may cause a 1% or 2% decrease in performance.

    The difference between a "k" version is the core is unlocked for better overclocking results. Therefore, an i7 2600k can potentially be OC'ed higher than an i7 2600.
  10. Intel is leaps ahead
  11. The Intel core i7 is the best. Although it is pricier it is worth it. The Intel will also do well in photo/video editing and or rendering. Not to mention it will do awesome is games, especially with turbo boost. The Intel core i7 has more cache. If you can swing it, I would recommend the Intel. Some may disagree, but I have found Intel to be of better quality and last longer.

    Take notice; some results are in time and power usage, meaning lower is better.
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