View Full Version : buying processor.....intel or AMD?

07-06-2002, 12:05 PM
Ok, I know that there are big-ass debates going on, so I just want to hear the pros and cons of Intel or AMD processors. I'm a newbie to all of this, and I'm looking to build a computer to overclock, because I'm VERY short on cash. All I want is a music/gaming rig, so I need a processor that can handle it good. My case is going to have 7 fans, so cooling shouldn't be an issue. What processor would be suitable for me?

07-06-2002, 12:25 PM
If your very short on cash, you have already ruled Intel processors out ;)

Athlon XP is much cheaper, and is faster than the P4 until you get to the fastest P4 models (like 2.4/2/53Ghz).
Athlox XP will do what you want just fine, and will be a lot cheaper :D

07-06-2002, 12:53 PM
If you want a phat overclock, get the Pentium 4 1.6A (they are being discontinued though) or 1.8A. They overclock very well. I've got my 1.6A running at nearly 2.2Ghz, and many people have been able to hit 2.4GHz with little or no voltage increase. Also, I purchased a retail boxed 1.6A for $140+ shipping from Newegg (only good if ya live in the US, tho--no international shipments).

If you're not gonna overclock much if at all, the Athlon would be a better choice.

Pro's of the P4: does not require extreme methods of cooling--stock cooler is plenty, the northwoods (512kB L2 cache, denoted by "A" for 400MHz FSB ones) are very good overclockers, much less likely to fry than an Athlon.

Pro's of Athlon: more work per cycle, stomping out P4 at equivalent and similar speeds. The highest end Athlons are around 1/2 the cost of the highest clocked P4 (2.53GHz). While they do have their multiplier locked, it can be overridden (depending on how much balls you have to fill L1 bridges) w/o too much hassle--this cannot be done with the P4.

07-06-2002, 01:49 PM
Consult the book of Jeff K. !!


07-06-2002, 01:56 PM
Oh no! :eek:
Not that comedy site again. :(
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07-06-2002, 05:50 PM
ahahah good ****:D

07-16-2002, 01:12 PM
hehe i would go with a amd.. im more of a amd guy.. but the p4 2.2ghz is good for ocing

07-16-2002, 01:32 PM
I'm neutral. I like computers, and would like a Mac some time (I want a Mac Cube and/or a dual G4 Mac, dammit!)

07-16-2002, 02:24 PM
What would you rather do on a dual G4? The only thing I can think of is video editing.

07-16-2002, 03:04 PM
There is no debate, seriously d00d. In my opinion you should purchase an amd processor. They are very reliabel as i have one. I have not had any problems with the voltage defaults or core temps. It is a personal opinion to purchase an amd cpu.
Yet also, amd motherboards are cheaper in comparison to boards that are sued for an Intel CPU.
So do what i did , be smart,. don't be a retard and buy AMD.

07-16-2002, 03:17 PM
buying an AMD gives you better performance for your dollars...and yes while some P4's o/c very well, there are plenty that don;t..also buying AMD gives u better upgrade options...who knows when intel are going to change their socket again

08-05-2002, 09:06 AM
:shoot: For the price, it's hard to beat amd. However, if you are serious about overclocking, some of the P4's can really cook (without being cooked).


08-05-2002, 02:27 PM
hpw much cash so we can tell you a XP or T-Bird

08-09-2002, 08:08 PM
errr u can;t t-birds anymore....not that u would wanto:confused:

08-10-2002, 07:03 AM
:cool: What about dualies? :crazy:

08-10-2002, 11:52 AM
Compare the price of a boxed Thoroughbred XP 2200+ and the boxed 2,26 ghz p4... :)
Here in sweden the Intel is only about
20$ more expensive, and the sucker will give you
the choise to o/c to.
Put the Intel on a ddr based board and you'll get a quite cheap but still very high performance
setup that does'nt cost so mutch more than a amd system... :)

/Well, that's my opinion, disagree? Yell at me... :argue:

08-10-2002, 01:37 PM
And at the moment quite valid as the difference here is about $50aus difference between them though sadly that Athlon is $200aus too much for me. :(
And the 533MHz FSB Intel has room to move. AMD has been putting all it weight behind the "Hammer" family rollout and sorta forgot the K7's. :cry:

08-11-2002, 06:16 PM
yea although hopefully they wonlt forget to make 166fsb t-breds:D

08-11-2002, 07:17 PM
166MHz FSB "Bartons" would be even better. ;)
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08-15-2002, 02:44 AM
:cool: Any delivery date on those? :cool:

08-15-2002, 08:46 AM
Sometime this year. :devil:
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08-16-2002, 01:22 AM
:cheers: Tks.

08-16-2002, 09:12 AM
AMD is cheaper, faster, and handles mutlitasking better than Intel's Chips. If you're going with AMD, be sure to buy a motherboard that has an option to turn off fans if CPU fails. AMD burns up within a matter of seconds.

08-16-2002, 09:36 AM
dragon Did you mean to say turn off cpu if fans fail?