Originally Posted by markr041
The Intel chip you cited is last generation. And for video encoding/decoding, what is your reference about the performance comparison of the AMD versus the Intel, for the current-generation? As I understand it at the high end AMD is not competitive with high-end Intel (I am not selling anything).
Also, my understanding of computer economics is that it is almost never cost effective to build your own computer compared with purchasing whole computers (it's economies of scale). Perhaps you should go to a computer site for advice.
Some benchmarks. Note: the fx-8320 is just a down clocked fx-8350 (which has an unlocked multiplier and can run at the same clock speed easily.)
In single threaded applications, Intel tends to wipe the floor with amd. There is no question about that. But in multi threaded programs, they are on par with more expensive Intel models.
With regard to the buy vs build. It is almost always cheaper to build if you are patient in getting your components. Take for example an HP computer. Go on their website and often to,es they will charge $150 for a processor 'upgrade' when the price difference between the 2 models is $30 if you just bought it.
Aside from that...I already have a case, hard drives, ram, and my operating system. So really, all I am doing is upgrading a few components.
. everything i hear, dont skimp on the psu! the mbrd doesnt list amd fx as a compatible cpu, even tho the socket is am3+. maybe im missing something there?
The thing I liked about that PSU ( other than the price) was the fact that everything is on a single +12v line. The psu also has plenty of good reviews. Also, I have heard of other people's builds using that CPU/mobo combo. Their website lists am3+ processors up to 140w, including 'fx-8300' This one is only 125w. So it should work fine.
edit: You know what....I think I'll be safe on the mobo...they released an 'updated' version of that motherboard.980DE3-U3S3
that specifically states that it supports the fx-8320.
Unfortunately, that leaves me now with enough budget to upgrade my RAM and not my video card. Unless I drop down th the FX-6300, but then I lose 2 cores!