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Initial post: Jul 6, 2012, 7:54:56 AM PDT
WesCyde . says:
Just a question as i need to replace my very aged Desktop PC soon still running XP on it. Its a very casual PC for me and the family am thinking about an all in one just to clear up all the friggin wires etc and look nice where it is.

Whats the diff between getting an AMD vs Intel

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 7:57:46 AM PDT
WeaKeN says:
it refers to the processor. they are just two different brands. for a casual PC, i don't see any issue with getting either one. the AMD will probably run cheaper.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 7:58:20 AM PDT
WesCyde . says:
Yah it does by about $100 for the most part from what i can tell

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 7:58:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012, 7:59:29 AM PDT
FV says:
Cost is the biggest. Intel is more powerful than AMD, but you can find powerful AMD processors for much less. I'm not sure what you'd be able to find in the pre-built market though. You should post back with any processor specs you find. Most modern processors (AMD or Intel), unless you find a terrible computer, are going to be pretty fast for normal computer activities.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:00:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012, 8:01:49 AM PDT
Lyrick_ says:
Intel has more powerful raw computing processors.
Intel processors and motherboards have a price premium to them.

AMD has more powerful graphics oriented processors, when speaking specifically of the Fusion processors.
Great for all in one type processors.
AMD processers and motherboards are generally less expensive.
If you utilize a discrete GPU most of the benefits of AMDs fusion line are eradicated.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:08:14 AM PDT
WesCyde . says:
Ok makes sense the all in one i just saw had an intel G630 single core(4gb SDRAM(, the other one had an AMD Lynx Dual Core A4-3400 Processor 2.7GHz (6GB Ram DDR3)

The AMD was actually $5 more so not bad but has less Memory as you can see. Again its just for normal use honestly my tower is just sucking space and energy and just want to do a minor upgrade dont want to fork over a lot of money and want to upgrade to a modern system for windows etc in the process.

One last question, i dont want my pc to go waste but am looking for some good software or something to completely wipe the drive and then i can just donate them or something any good stuff for that?

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:15:19 AM PDT
WeaKeN says:
if you look at, it says the intel G630 is a better ranked processor

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:23:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012, 8:23:54 AM PDT
FV says:


Clock/CPU Speed:

CPU Cores:
2 cores

Power Draw:

Cache (L2):

GPU Clock Speed:
600 MHz

Memory Speed:

Processor Number

# of Cores

# of Threads

Clock Speed
2.7 GHz

Intel® Smart Cache
3 MB

65 W

Memory Types

AMD has better memory support. I'm not sure how the clock speeds match up, because Intel uses a different Architecture than AMD. Not sure why Intel lists the G630 as dual core when you have it as single core. I'd say go with the AMD since you know it is Dual Core and you can fit your system with faster memory.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 8:27:53 AM PDT
FV says:,3052-5.html

This also has the G630 higher than the A4-3400

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 8:28:32 AM PDT
WesCyde . says:
Well thats partly my fault i am just assuming its single core because it does not state it either way so it could be a dual, the AMD actually says dual core but I do like the upgrade in memory not sure how important that is but its just looks like an overall better deal but i can upgrade the AMD to 8GB if i want

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 8:35:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012, 8:36:43 AM PDT
FV says:
Well Weaken and I just found websites that list the Intel as a better performer than AMD.

As for memory, 1066 is about as low as you can go. 1600 is very good. Most units now a days will included memory at a speed of 1333. This is mainly going to be a factor during start-up and when you have multiple applications open. If there is only a $5 difference, the Intel might be a better choice just because it is faster overall than the AMD. The memory would help, but when you are in a program, say watching a dvd, the CPU and GPU is going to be doing the work. (Sorry I know I said AMD before, but that was before I saw the lists. It can get very confusing when you see all the numbers, because 2.7 GHz for Intel is not the same as 2.7 GHz for AMD)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 8:35:31 AM PDT
Lyrick_ says:
As an all in one the A4-3400 has a decent GPU in it, which is helpful for any type of video processing.

The G630 is a dual core as well but as an all in one the video related performance is pretty dreadful in comparison.

For raw computation I'm pretty confident that the G630 would outperform the A4-3400, but for all in one purposes the A4 is just a better all around value.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 8:38:55 AM PDT
Lyrick_ says:
This is what happens when you put things out of context, This particular chart only really matters when you are looking at how well any processor will help (or hinder) gaming when combined with a top of the the line GPU.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:41:49 AM PDT
WesCyde . says:
So if i saw watch a lot of videos (no matter website or anything) the better choice could be the AMD?

Also just to ask again any good software or process i can do to completely wipe my PC so i can donate it to like a school program.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 8:51:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012, 8:54:34 AM PDT
Lyrick_ says:
Just about anything that's on the market will allow you to watch streaming video content regardless of the site, so if that's all you are planning to do either will do the job just as well as the other.

As to wiping your drives, I've never done it aside from just installing another OS over the existing, but I googled a video for you:

BTW how much is the asking price for each computer? Can you link to the specs?

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 8:54:48 AM PDT
WesCyde . says:
Thanks for the tips
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