Since I started building my desktop, my brother decided he wanted one as well. I have everything figured out, except for cpu, and since that, the mobo. I am getting an i5 2500k, but I have to ask to make sure.
He does some video making, and plays some games. (Not religiously, just for fun every once in a while).
He was looking at the i5 2500k vs. some of the top AMD cpus. He wants to overclock, but is worried about spending so much for the i5. He wants to overclock, something we can both learn at the same time (he says bonding, I say its another I'm better than you moment).
Honestly, which amd cpu would you choose as best to compare? And will he see any real difference? I don't mean the testing. I mean for surfing the web, watching movies, you know, normal day things. Will he see a noticeable difference?
I don't want to start a flamewar, I just want him to get the best for his money. If there isn't a real big difference between them, I'll suggest the cheaper alternative.
if its just casual use and he wants to overclock, use of a 965 BE(before it goes out of stock because of dropping supply) is a cheap alternative and is usually a processor some people will use. though its performance when overclocked will be closer to an i3 rather than an i5.
AMD doesn't make high end CPUs, so I don't think there's an equivalent comparison between an overclocked i5-2500k and an AMD model. However for day-to-day tasks, you won't notice any benefit between a mid range cpu and a high end cpu. I would recommend the i3-2120 as an Intel processor, or the 965 BE as an AMD processor. They'll be able to perform day-to-day tasks perfectly well, while being able to play almost any game at an acceptable quality.
i would also say that if your brother is like most people building a computer, after a few weeks of surfing the internet, watching youtube, etc, he will start wondering what else he can get out of the computer and when he does he'll probably wish he got the intel. just a hunch but i think itll happen haha