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Windows 7: I'm building a custom PC, I need your opinion.

25 Oct 2014   #11
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Have you considered AMD? You will get similar (or identical) results for cheaper.


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25 Oct 2014   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gator View Post
Have you considered AMD? You will get similar (or identical) results for cheaper.
Not really. When comparing AMD CPUs to Intels based on actual performance (not number of cores), the Intels don't cost much, if any, more than the AMDs. About the only thing I can say in favor of AMDs are they run cooler (but, then again, that's because they are lower performance).
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25 Oct 2014   #13
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

AMD's run cooler?
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25 Oct 2014   #14
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
AMD's run cooler?
Yes, compared to an Intel with the same performance specs (again, not the same number cores; AMD CPUs usually need more cores than Intels to get the same performance).
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25 Oct 2014   #15
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I was under the impression AMD's across the board were hotter by nature than Intel chips. More power efficient, lower TDP, less heat output, etc.
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25 Oct 2014   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The older AMDs did run hotter but the current ones have been cooler for some time. They are also wimpier.
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25 Oct 2014   #17
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Where a budget is forcing a choice then the savings of a AMD CPU to add the difference back a faster GPU would make perfect sense!
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25 Oct 2014   #18
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N00berG00ber View Post
see if budget allows for an gtx 980 or 780Ti
His budget obviously allows for GTX 980 because it's alot cheaper than it's predecessor
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25 Oct 2014   #19
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Really? I paid $540 for my 780 Classified the pre order price of the 980 Classified is $700
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26 Oct 2014   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If one can afford a 780 or 980 I'm thinking the price difference between a AMD and Intel cpu shouldn't be a problem.
I also recommend the AX series power supplies. A modular power supply is a must to me.
Once one uses one they will never go back to the old style of all those unused cables hanging all over the place.

Now one has to decide whether they going to over clock or not.

Because if one decides they are going to over clock it's a new ball game.
Cases, power supplies, case fans, cpu and gpu cooling have to be reconsidered for the job at hand.

I like to start off with knowing what exactly the computer is going to be use for and a good idea of how much money one is willing to spend.

Knowing those things I'm sure are fellow members can come up with some great build ideas.
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