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Windows 7: Intel or AMD

View Poll Results: Intel or AMD
AMD 11 50.00%
Intel 14 63.64%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

26 Apr 2010   #21
kurahk7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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You didn't cut any holes on the motherboard tray?
Wire management on my Antec 900 is somewhat difficult, but luckly, I have a modular power supply
No, I did not cut any holes in my motherboard tray. Here is what the backside of the mobo tray looks like with the side off the computer


And I cannot speak highly enough of how well these dust filters work in my Antec P182 case. I popped open the case tonight to take the pictures above and was astounded by how clean everything was inside of the case still. Check out my CPU fan and my rear 120mm case fan after 9 months of use. And I assure you...I have not cleaned the actual fans 1 single time. And this computer sits downstairs in a basement about 5 inches of a carpeted floor.




Here are the dust filters in the front. They are behind two smaller door and 1 larger door. The computer pulls air in from the sides of the front door and over these filters. You can see some of the dust buildup on the lower filter.
My cpu fan, after about 1 month after I installed it (intel core i5 750 stock hsf) already has dust on the top of the blades


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26 Apr 2010   #22
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah, I am very impressed with how clean that Antec P182 is staying. I have 3 of the Antec 300 cases in some test machines at work and they do a pretty solid job of filtering as well. It's got a very large air filter directly in the front that account for about 70% of the height of the mid tower case. However, this case has a side vent that does seem to pull in some dust.

My other 2 desktops at home are running Antec Sonata II's and they have stayed extremely clean inside. My server, and AMD Sempron 2800+ has been running for 3 years straight and is very clean inside.
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26 Apr 2010   #23
kurahk7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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27 Apr 2010   #24
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Unsure really but my new HP laptop is indeed AMD and I'm happy with it .
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27 Apr 2010   #25
smarteyeball

 
 

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27 Apr 2010   #26
sergiogarcia9

 

AMD is clearly the best bang for the buck at the moment. Just compare these

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

Price difference between these are $50! I would go with AMD for my new machine, if i didnt already have the Intel board in it
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27 Apr 2010   #27
Bootz

Vista Business x64
 
 

Yes but the core 2 quad would surely out perform the amd. I agree that amd is the better buy for the money ( i use amd ) , but if you want a top of the line product intel is the only way to go.

I feel the same way with ati and nvidia.
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27 Apr 2010   #28
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The new Thuban core AMD processors just came out, you get comparable i5 performance with them. You should read some reviews.
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27 Apr 2010   #29
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bootz View Post
Yes but the core 2 quad would surely out perform the amd. I agree that amd is the better buy for the money ( i use amd ) , but if you want a top of the line product intel is the only way to go.

I feel the same way with ati and nvidia.
I dont know much about that part, as i dont press my CPU to the max as some others do. All i know is that the X4 620 does the job perfectly for my needs

Also, Zen, you can't always trust reviews. You gotta try it yourself, before you can be sure.
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27 Apr 2010   #30
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sergiogarcia9 View Post
AMD is clearly the best bang for the buck at the moment. Just compare these

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

Price difference between these are $50! I would go with AMD for my new machine, if i didnt already have the Intel board in it
Well, if you compare the benchmarks on these CPU's from a website such as this (PassMark Software - CPU Benchmarks - List of Benchmarked CPUs), you will see the following scores
Intel Q8300 at 2.5Ghz: 3563. Ranks at 73
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus at 2.6Ghz: 3123. Ranks at 100

As far as bang for the buck goes, the Q8300 is $148.99 at NewEgg with Free Shipping, while the AMD Athln II X4 620 is $97.99 with Free Shipping. So the price difference is exactly $51.

I guess many of you don't remember the old days when the price difference was HUGE between the two. It used to be that the Intel chip was $400 while the AMD chip was $175. This was substantial and would be worth a small decrease in performance.

However, for me, the performance difference between these 2 chips is worth $51. And honestly, compared to the complete price of my system...$51 amounts to about 3.5% of my entire system. That's about the price of a nice keyboard, nice mouse, 1 new game, etc. Put another way, if I am going to invest in a modular power supply, an SSD drive for my OS, a $300+ video card, a super nice cooler for my CPU....why would I skimp on my processor for a savings of $51???

Obviously, if my goal was only to build for the lowest possible dollar, saving the $51 might be a deciding factor. But then I would be using a cheap case, a cheap power supply and performance would not be a decision criteria. However, when it comes to my computer, performance plays a key role.
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