If you are building your own computer it might seem like a no-brainer when it comes to choosing your CPU. The CPU is your computer processing unit and is truly the brain of your computer responsible for the fast movement of data and tasks.
So what’s the no-brainer? If I’m building a computer I’m heading to Intel, right? Not so fast. AMD also fits the needs of gamers quite well.
It is an industry given that Intel makes the fastest processors on Earth. But while that factor is huge AMD has made a positive impression on the gaming community with lower process prices and near Intel performance.
If you are building a computer both Intel and AMD is user-friendly and can be tweaked. In the current market, both AMD and Intel processor technology should remain where it is for next few years at least. So don’t worry about your processor going obsolete tomorrow.
When looking at new processors for your gaming computer build, keep your eyes on gigahertz (GHz). A gaming computer, which needs to handle multiple assignments quickly can function at 2.5GHz but for optimal performance should be in the 3.5GHz plus range. Top of the line gaming computers usually achieve a 4.0GHz output.
Also, the more multiple CPU cores, the better for gaming. If budget is a concern, for your money you are going to get fewer cores with Intel options and more with AMD. With that said, though, Intel cores are more efficient so it might be apples to apple decision.
All the top Intel and AMD processors are in that sweet spot 4.0GHz output with multi cores. They range in price from around $70 to over $300 depending on a number of cores and the GHz output.
It’s hard to beat Intel, but I wouldn’t dread using an AMD processor for gaming if it meets all my needs and falls within my budget.
The most modern Intel processors are the Intel Pentium G3258, Intel Core i54690K and the Intel Core i74790K.
On the AMD side of the ledger look out for the AMD Athlon X4 860K, AMD FX 6300, AMD FX 8320, AMD FX 8350 or the AMD FX 9590.
The ultimate winner for gaming in the Intel-AMD battle?
You be the judge of that!
Do your research in building your gaming computer and you will gain the knowledge of each hardware component.