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I am going to be upgrading my computer but I'm trying to decide which setup would be better. Reasons why would be helpful:

System 1
AMD Phenom II X4 - 3.2GHz
DDR3 1333 2x2GB
SATA 3GB/s board (most likely Gigabyte)

System 2
Core i3 2100 - 3.02GHz
DDR3 1333 2x2GB
ASUS H67 Sata 6GB/s board and 6GB/s HDD

asked Aug 08 '11 at 11:07

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AMD run faster and cooler than Intel. AMD x4 is better than the i3.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 11:17

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wow jackster I never thought I'd say this... but I agree with you

(Aug 08 '11 at 11:20) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

I agree with Jackster1337. This AMD configuration is a lot better than intel. first Phenom have 4 cores and works on 3.2. And second, AMD is ALWAYS cheaper to Upgrade.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 11:21

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Ivan Tomica

As much as I hate AMD, I would get the Phenom. I would take a quad-core over a dual-core.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 11:31

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Well of course a quad should be better than a dual. I am more trying to get the pro's and cons of intel vs. amd to see which manufacturer is better

(Aug 08 '11 at 11:34) kc9qyb kc9qyb's gravatar image

I actually just built an Intel i3-2100, and also have a Phenom II x4 955 system.

The i3-2100 almost feels faster, though I can't be sure without benchmarking it.

Both have a clean install of Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.

Specs as follows:
Intel i3-2100 @ 3.1ghz, dual-core w/ hyperthreading
4GB Gskill DDR3-1333 (2x2GB)
250GB WD Caviar Blue SATA 6Gbps
Gigabyte H67M-D2-B3
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB
Coolermaster Silent Pro 600w PS
Antec 300 Case

AMD Phenom II x4 955 @ 3.2ghz
8GB Gskill DDR2-800 (4x2GB)
1TB Samsung F3 Sata 3Gbps
Biostar TF8200-A2+ Nforce Mobo
EVGA Geforce 9600GSO 768MB (8800GS rebrand)
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610
Thermaltake SopranoRS VG7000BWS Case

Keep in mind that the AMD started out as a Brisbane AMD Athlon 64 x2 5000+, so the Mobo, Power supply, and case are nearly 3 years old now.

I'd be more than happy to run PCMark Vantage through a couple times, or anything else, as I'm curious myself.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 11:58

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edited Aug 08 '11 at 12:00

That would be cool and then you could post the results here

(Aug 08 '11 at 12:11) kc9qyb kc9qyb's gravatar image

I'm running a Phenom X6 1100T BE Hexacore at 4.8GHz, 6.0GHz Turbo mode on three cores.. And I have yet to be outloaded on anything from an Intel CPU.. I've never seen the extreme CPUs though, but seeing as they cost 8 times my CPU it should ourtun it by a fairly big margin.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 15:39

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I tend to go with AMD more than Intel. AMD just runs faster for the price.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 15:56

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