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Should i get a AMD Opteron 4340 Seoul 3.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache Socket C32 95W Six-Core Server Processor or a Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics. what is the difference in speed? will i need a graphics card if i go with the amd?

asked Jan 03 '13 at 09:03

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Joe Fullington

This would depend on what you want to do with the computer. They are really 2 different processors, one is for a server and the other a workstation. Me personally I would get the core I7 as in the long run would cost you less than what you would pay for the server one. With a server processor, you are possibly required to by ECC Ram and a server motherboard. With the i7 you buy normal DDR3 ram along with a compatible board. I really don't think you are going to get any real performance out of the server processor compared to the core i7 processor.

answered Jan 03 '13 at 09:19

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henry gray

The AMD one is a server processor. Which you will need specific components for the build. The Intel processor is a basic computer processor, and will just need compatible parts.

If you need a server, then go with the AMD processor, but if you are just building this computer for yourself for things, then go with the Intel.

answered Jan 03 '13 at 10:51

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This is a very shallow question. You should've be asking which is better, you should be asking which is better for you and your budget. I'm going to ignore that you've listed a server processor, because server processors generally aren't needed by us every day consumers.

A typical processor can work great with servers too, and most likely, you aren't going to have a server that's connecting hundreds of people at once in a small business, so I'm going to recommend comparing the consumer level CPU which would do better in gaming and typical every day stuff.

The AMD FX-8350 is currently AMD's best consumer grade CPU, and likewise, the i7 3770K is currently Intel's best consumer grade CPU (without going into like the 3930K, 3970X...).

Intel's 3770K is marginally faster than AMD's 8350 just in shear horsepower. Intel is far better in single threaded applications (but seriously, who uses single threaded applications to judge performance?).

Right now on Amazon (could change from hour to hour), the i7 3770K is $307, and the FX 8350 is $190. The price difference is substantial. Price per dollar (according to Passmark's scoring system) gives AMD the edge with 47.62, whereas the 3770K has a performance per dollar score of 31.37.

The AMD FX 8350 has a TDP of 125 watts, and the i7 3770K has a TDP of 77 watts. With a 125 TDP, you're going to have a little more flexible room with overclocking compared to Intel. The AMD CPU (4.0 GHz) has a much higher factory clock than Intel (3.5 GHz).

My Conclusions:
"Which processor is better?" is a relative term. From my perspective, the AMD FX 8350 is better, because for the money you spend, you get much more performance. You may think that the Intel i7 3770K is better, because it's faster in benchmarks.

Yes, you will need a graphics card with the AMD CPU, and I would recommend getting a graphics card for the Intel side too since Intel's HD graphics are pretty bad.

answered Jan 03 '13 at 13:26

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let's change that above AMD processor, since this one does not have server wich i will never use. AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor would you recomend any other processors that are under $400 that would be good and fast i am really open to any suggestions?

answered Jan 03 '13 at 13:44

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edited Jan 03 '13 at 13:52

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