I have always been an Intel user and can't complain about my Intel CPU's, but I have never fully understood the difference between Intel and AMD processors. Are Intel chips really faster and more consistent than AMD chips? What differentiates the chips so much?What are the pros and cons to each? Thanks in advance for your opinions.
I was in the same situation and under the same impression. I however have just switched to AMD and got the FX-8350, mobo- 990FXA-UD5 Gigabyte, 2x 4GB DDR3 at 2210 MHz, though my video card is a crappy Zotac GTX 560 Ti (dont like how it only has 1GB RAM).
I'm happy with my switch from my similar i7-3930k build. Very happy, though I would not suggest going with the CPU cooler AMD provides, its loud :P
I think its definitely on par with Intel just cheaper and requires a little more tweaking, though its very customize friendly for people who like to fine tune their settings I guess. Im still learning though. Will be investing in an AMD videocard when I have the money. I'll be moving to michigan soon though, so saving all my money for that.
As for the pro's and cons, it depends on what you're using your pc for. If you get an AMD quad core, you will be able to handle any game out there paired with a proper gpu of course. Intel high end processors are more for heavy multi-tasking, video editing, etc.
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