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Classic debate: Intel vs AMD (2500k vs 8150)

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June 17, 2012 2:46:02 PM

I need help deciding on a CPU for a 3D animation/game development box that I'll be making 15 of for a school's computer lab.

I know Intel's 2500k is a great CPU. But into looking at alternatives, the FX 8150 jumped up. I can get an overall cheaper rig if I base it on the 8150/AMD model, but I don't know if I'll also be significantly sacrificing performance as well.

So, is Intel's 2500K processor so much better than AMD's FX 8150 that it's worth spending $1500 more (~$100 x 15 computers) on an already tight budget?
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June 17, 2012 2:50:03 PM

Hi :) 

Having been a School Governor, I would guess its ALL about budget....so I would go with the cheapest...AMD...

All the best Brett :) 
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June 17, 2012 2:54:26 PM

You tell us http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=288
Then again I am presuming that this is not getting overclocked so you could offset some of the cost down by going I5 2300/2400 with H67 or H75/77 motherboards.
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June 17, 2012 2:56:41 PM

Yes, it IS all about the budget. But there's enough to squeak by with 15 Intel boxes. If I could save money I could get the students something else like some new chairs too, which would be nice.
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June 17, 2012 2:59:55 PM

you won't notice any difference between the 2500 and 2500k for school computers.
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June 17, 2012 3:02:35 PM

At system build cost above $800, I don't see any place at the table for AMD.
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June 17, 2012 3:03:55 PM

Yes, you are correct, there probably won't be any overclocking. However, this is the one big hardware upgrade my lab gets for 5 years. So, I wanted the K series so I could overclock them if needed.
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June 17, 2012 3:06:29 PM

The ideal build price would be $850 - 900, but I can go up to $1000 if absolutely needed.
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June 17, 2012 3:14:06 PM

Best answer selected by mikepreble.
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