Intel has better performance, but AMD has inexpensive quad-cores in their Athlon II and Phenom II X4 series. I know that is some games, like Battlefield 3, that if you don't have a quad-core CPU, NPCs simply aren't there! I will be gaming and doing light video editing (not at the same time ). I am a patient person when it comes to computers (because I am typing on a Dell Dimension 4700 with a single-core Pentium ). Which is more futureproof, and which should I choose? Thanks
^ Sounds like you have a pretty limited budget - you should specify how much you wanna spend, whether you need everything new or are gonna recycle some components, etc.
For gaming an i5-2500K is generally considered the current best CPU, and if you live near a MicroCenter you can get one fairly cheap when on sale (quite often). However if you can't afford that, then maybe an FX8120 if you want to stay with AMD. The biggest factor for gaming will be the video card - get a good one and it should last at least a couple years..
I would considered buying the Phenom II X4 965 for $110 at Newegg. While the CPU is not as powerful as an Intel Core i3 CPU, it can be overclocked to provide similar or slightly better gaming performance than the Core i3. It will also perform better in video encoding compared to a Core i3.
Which is more "future proof"? If you do not intend on upgrading then you are better off buying the Phenom II X4 965. If you plan on upgrading within a year, then going with a Core i3 CPU will be more "future proof".
AMD's upcoming Piledriver CPU will probably be 10% faster than Phenom II / FX CPUs. That places PileDriver to be as fast as Intel's 1st generation Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs. Intel's current Ivy Bridge CPUs are 3rd gen Core i3/i5/i7. PileDriver will need to be 30% faster rather than just 10% faster to compete with Intel's latest CPUs.
If you list a budget that your working with and what your intentions are , a partial rebuild or a whole new build. It makes a difference because of the different cpus that are out there and the different prices there are. You want to compare AMD with Intel but at what price point? For example this cpu is for $149.99.
I don't think that you can get a future proof cpu as they are constantly releasing new processors and changing the socket for each new release. With AMD giving up on direct competition at the highend level cpu then Intel is alone at that level. There will be more competition at the mid-level cpu development and Intel has the lead regardless of level.
Give us a budget and ayour build plan so we can give a more accurate suggestion.
For budget future proof with how long you have had your PC I think a cheap AMD quad machine would do the job. Mainly due the fact that the extra cores seem to make a good difference in the low end price range on multi threaded applications.
For a budget gaming CPU, do you think AMD PII x4 945(115usd) vs G860?
They are about the same performance now, even on Quad games G860 lightly surpasses it, do you think the 4 real cores will show in the future? For me it's questionable since the C2D beats the Quad in all quad optimised games- if they are so