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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2000 - 11:23 pm:   

the deal is this......I want to upgrade but can't decide between Intel Coppermine 866 or AMD Anthlon 850. I've read the specs and it basicly comes down to user experience... Any and all info you peeps out there have would be very helpful

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2000 - 11:31 pm:   

intel coppermine 1 gig is the best buy I made.
but intel is all I ever buy, I do a lot of cad-cam programing at the house and at work I work on AMD and the redraw is so much slower.
your call.
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2000 - 5:27 am:   

I hesistate to post this, so I will just say I will not be drawn into an AMD vs Intel arguement.

My PERSONEL preference is Intel. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST AMD, I just like Intel better. I have built literally hundreds of computers, and Intel's have given me far less trouble then AMD.

Both have strengths the others lack.

I will caution though, if you buy either, and you want to avoid trouble, make sure you dont buy a cheapola mother board. I'd be more worried about your motherboard choice for either, not the CPU.

Also I would recommend buying only either CPU in a sealed retail box. Simply for warranty reasons. Buy them any other way, and neither Intel or AMD will provide you with warranty replacements, you will have to get them from your store. Most stores will offer only a 30 day warranty on CPU's and refer you to the manufacturer after that, and if the CPU wasnt in a retail sealed box, then the manufacturer wont give you one. You may pay an extra 30 bucks for the sealed retail box CPU's, do it. Sleep easy.

I have seen so many OEM (anything other then sealed retail box) CPUs, fail, only to find out they have been overclocked, remarked, whatever. And some people are remarking Athlons now.

So, to some it up,

My opion is to stick with Intel
Your choice of mainboard is more important than choice of your CPU
And, insist on the sealed, retail box CPU, from either company, its a little more, but its worth it.
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2000 - 3:38 pm:   

Good thoughts Danny;
To the one who asks Intel or AMD; they both have "plus" and "minus" benefits. I build both AMD and Intel Computers but most oftenly they are for power users. Which one is preferred? "Price" plays a big factor with many people regardless of their income or atleast those who I deal with. Personally I believe AMD tips the scales on performance but just as others have already pointed out, it depends on the apps you will be using most but ......

Bottom line; motherboard. Don't buy a cheapo!! The possible headaches you'll possibly experience will a more inexpensive MB will outway the dollars you saved in a few short hours of headache.
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001 - 9:44 am:   

I've built both AMD and Intel systems. The problem I've found is that AMD gives you better prices, but Intel has much better compatibility. If you build an AMD system then make sure you only go with other hardware that AMD says will work with their processors. With Intel, you're pretty much guaranteed compatiblity.

Hope that helps.

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