which platform is best for vista? INTEL or AMD?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by will, Nov 17, 2006.

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    will Guest

    I have been testing vista as a CPP participant since may this year and
    have always kept an eye on this newsgroup in order to keep myself up to
    date on any issues that may arise while running vista.

    I can say that I've probably been pretty lucky seeing that in all this
    time I haven't had a BSOD and vista has run very well on my pc

    However I'm thinking about building a new pc preferably a 64 bit system
    I have seen quite a few posts on this Ng about people having probs with
    the 64 bit vista builds

    Which would vista be more stable on? an INTEL or AMD 64 bit system I don't
    really have a preference between INTEL or AMD I'd just like to hear some
    balanced opinions

    my system specs are
    intel P4 3.0 Ghz prescott core cpu
    asus p4p800s-x mobo
    1 GB ddr 400 ram
    Nvidia 6200 256Mb agp
    western digital 40Gb Ide Hdd
    western digital 250Gb Sata Hdd
    500 Watt antec tru power Psu
    will, Nov 17, 2006
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    Yeff Guest

    Trust me, you really don't want the 64 bit builds, unless you want to go
    to driver hell...
    Yeff, Nov 17, 2006
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    Jim Guest

    I'm running it on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 in 64-bit mode. The
    drivers I am missing are for my scanner; everything else is either
    built-in to Vista or available from the manufacturer.

    Jim, Nov 17, 2006
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    Tim Draper Guest

    yeff is right about driver issues, but if there are drivers available,
    then use 'em.
    if you got drivers available for ALL hardware, then go 64bit imo.

    speaking of which, i need the g95 network drivers from HP.... i wonder
    if they work with vista :S
    Tim Draper, Nov 17, 2006

  5. Personally, most non-Intel systems I have put together have been flakey,
    ranging from once in a blue moon driver crashes, to frequent problems on
    my last AMD64 with A8V board. Constrast that with all my Intel based
    systems, which have always worked very well(my Core 2 Duo E6600 and P5B is
    rock solid), I would say go Intel, they have the performance, they have
    the relibility you have to pay a little more for it thou...
    Mark Gillespie, Nov 17, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    The problems are not related to AMD or Intel, but rather to the
    support hardware and peripherals. There are not enough 64-bit drivers
    available yet, in my opinion. My printer, scanner, webcam, and a few
    motherboard components are not yet fully supported, so I won't run the
    64-bit edition until the drivers are ready.

    Hopefully now that Vista is "ready", the manufacturers will get their
    drivers ready soon.
    If you're deciding between the dual-core versions, the Intel is the
    better for overall performance right now. A year ago AMD was the clear
    price/performance leader especially with DDR memory and dual channel
    support. The two companies compete constantly and the advantage
    switches back and forth.

    My current rig uses an AMD x2 setup, and my previous rig was an Intel
    P4. I switch to whichever company has the best price/performance ratio
    at the time. I've never had compatibility issues with either AMD or
    Intel. AMD is the underdog and they try harder than Intel, so I tend
    to have a slight bias for them. The rest of the system components are
    often far more important to overall performance than just the CPU
    anyway, so which CPU you buy is usually not the critical factor.

    Buy whatever makes you feel good, and keeps your wallet happy.

    Bill, Nov 17, 2006
  7. The cpu won't matter. The BIOS may. Advice: Don't buy a system with a
    mobo that just came out last week. Get something a bit more tested and
    refined. Better yet, wait until HP, Gateway, etc have Vista systems ready
    to deliver so you get full driver and hardware support.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 17, 2006
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    Travis King Guest

    The question always comes down to this when you're building or buying a new
    computer. What are you going to use your computer for?
    Travis King, Nov 18, 2006
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