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AMD or Intel?

Hi, need some info please...
I'm in need of updating my current pc and not sure what to go for! If I list my spec that I want then info req'd, it might be easier!
Windows 7 ( not interested in newer yet.)
DDR3 (don't know whether 4gb/8gb)
HDMI
The pc will be used for general duties, school homework, not really for gaming, some light multitasking.
I'm looking for a quad core pc that will be reasonably quick with good graphics for HDMI.
I've been looking at AMD A10 5800 PC's and seen some good reviews on them, also comparing these to Intel i5 3570k and seen some good reviews on these with some saying the Intel is better than the AMD. Can anyone offer some advice please? Cheers!
P.S. please ask if any more info is required!

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Both can be nice.

For the office and my choice are the Intels. But my son has had the AMD A8 and now an AMD A10 laptop. Seems fine. You can compare the CPU side over at cpuboss.com

To make his laptop quicker we swapped in a SSD. Seems the old HDD was slowing it down, not the CPU.

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Competition keeps them pretty even

I didn't look up those two particular CPUs. But, as a general rule, for low- to mid-range PCs, price determines performance. You'll pay a little more for some name brands, like Sony. But, outside of that, there won't be any noticeable performance difference between two similarly priced and configured machines. There will be fan boys of each who tout their favorite as ten times better. But, when you run some benchmarks, one machine will be a few percent better on some tests, and the other will be a few percent better on different tests.

So, mostly, you don't need to worry about which CPU is "better." If you find a machine that's running a deal that throws in more memory, then get that, and ignore which brand of CPU is in it. Or, you can just buy based on which you think is nicer looking.

I'm a gamer, so I buy fairly high end machines every three to five years. My brother used to work for AMD, so I tended to lean that way for a couple of rounds of purchases I made, and I was happy with them. (I didn't get a discount, was just doing a small part to help "his" company.) He's no longer there, and at the beginning of last year, Intel had the better bang for the buck in the range I was buying at. So, that's my main machine right now. My previous AMD is my chat/surf machine.

My laptop is also only for light duties, and I purchased it in 2009, during my AMD phase. It's still running well. I use that machine mostly for surfing, so I spent a little extra to get a 16" screen. Those extra 132 rows of pixels make a big difference to me.

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Either will do the job

Hi Snakey (love that!)

As Bob has said, either of the processors should handle the workload you mentioned easily. I have an A8 Quad laptop and I would definitely agree with him that the machine is I/O constrained, rather than CPU for most tasks. I've not put a SSD in mine yet because I'm not sure I'm happy with only a SSD - if I had two bays, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Likewise, I'd say go for the 8 GB memory if its in budget, assuming you will go Win7 X64. If it's a laptop you are after, many (most?) have only two RAM slots, so if you went for 4 GB, any later upgrade would involve replacing the existing memory, rather than adding to it.

Both the processors are no longer "Front line", so you should be able to get a very good deal on them, assuming you can find them (I love back-level gear!). The Intel machine is two generations off current and at least one manufacturer appears to be clearing the decks of 5th gen, presumably to make way for 6th gen Skylakes that are due towards the end of the year, if memory serves.

Most Intel processors have hyperthreading, so a quad will give you 8 threads, though the hyperthreads are for floating point computation primarily. If you were a heavy graphics user, this may matter. I've seen an Intel demonstration that showed an impressive boost in complex screen rendering with 8 threads. But for regular use, it's awash.

I'm very happy with my AMD and it was somewhat cheaper than the Intel equivalent. If I was looking for top end performance, I'd probably lean towards an Intel i7 but for everyday computing, either of your choices should be fine.

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For Zouch. My son has an AMD A8 laptop and SSD

Very nice. It was a good upgrade and made it all around better in all things. From memory it is the Asus k55n with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and AMD A8.

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from what I see, Intel everytime (at the moment !!!)

Repairing computers on a daily basis for various types of clients, I am finding that computers with Intel processors just seem to work that bit quicker in most tasks.(Tasks = Doing system work (registry, HD checking, reinstalling etc.)
Copying files, installing software.
General operation.
So for me, at this moment in time I would recommend going for Intel.

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Thanks for replies!

Cheers guys, much appreciated....
I'm not a big gamer or one in need of the top-spec best, just a new pc that will be reasonably quick. Something else, a 'reasonable' quality quad core as above, is it better than a good quality dual core as I'm thinking that quad core will be better? Thanks again!!

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