A bit of help for choosing the next computer, please.... Aug 23, 2015 19:49:22 GMT -5 AzraelRPG likes this
Post by Ed.Venture on Aug 23, 2015 19:49:22 GMT -5
Yeah, the price difference is what kills it for me too. If I was doing something that required more CPU, like professional video editing or something of the like, I could maybe see it. For gaming though, intel just wants too much damn money for their product. For example, I actually built an i7 rig back in 2010. I put a mid level processor in it, because I wasn't going to pay the $800.00 to $1,000.00 that they wanted for their top end unlocked CPU's. They were right on the cusp of releasing Sandy Bridge, but I didn't want to wait and my logic was that Intel's top end CPU's would have to come down in price for my particular architecture since everyone would be moving on to Sandy Bridge, and so the demand would be less for the older Gulftown processors. Well all of that happened except Intel never lowered their price on any of their previous generation hardware. If you look up those top end Gulftown processors today, despite doing poorly when compared to their modern AMD and Intel equivalents and despite being obsolete as all hell, Intel still expects at least upwards of $600.00 for 'em. It's insane. Plus the socket design that intel used proved to be weak. I had a pretty beefy motherboard. It was thick, way more rigid than anything I had previously put together, and over time the tension of the CPU cooler actually warped the CPU socket itself. Made the system do all sorts of funky stuff.
Anyway, I went with AMD for all of the replacement hardware. I'm just not going to spend intel money on a gaming rig again. That's not to say intel is bad, just that my experience was bad and that I don't see where the small performance difference justifies the additional cost. Plus the additional headaches that came with my particular system... Really soured me on using intel again in the future.