Should I buy an intel or amd cpu for my first gaming rig? I only have a $1000 budget right now ( I am only 16).
If I should get and AMD, which one would be best?
If an Intel, which one would be best?
I am trying to get the best computer I can get with my budget.
It's not hard to build a computer but I would recommend you having someone more knowledgeable help you in real life. It's like a retarded jigsaw puzzle with 5 pieces.
That being said you might want to just buy a computer instead of buying $1000 worth of components and having to explain to your parents you don't know why your computer isn't working. If you do buy a computer iBuypower is a good choice for your money (weekly specials).
AMD is really right now only preferable for under $500 budget desktop systems.
Above that I would choose Intel.I also agree with a Intel i5-2500K CPU based system for a $1,000 budget.This might change though as of perhaps August (or Sept) when AMD has their bulldozer line of CPU's coming out.Until then I would stick with Intel or perhaps wait a bit.
THG and AnandTech have done some reviews on iBuyPower and CyberPower rigs; it might be a good idea to check the forums under Prebuilts to get some feedback from actual customers...; their prices seem reasonable for prebuilts, IMO, just don't pay them to OC it for you....
^+1. good advice. 1 piece of advice for new system builders, get a quality PSU. Find a review of a PCU before you buy it, the review must load test the psu to its max and use an oscilloscope for testing. A general rule of thumb is chose Antec, Seasonic, Corsair or XFX brand PSU's and you will get a quality unit.