The only reason I've found to buy AMD recently was for something low-budget with ECC support - I didn't fancy moving up to a server chipset with a Xeon
If you're not overclocking, the difference in heat and noise output of the chips is staggering.
If you are overclocking, one would assume it is for performance reasons - and then Intel are laughing all the way to the bank.
If you add heat, noise, and power consumption to your PCI3, USB3 and SATA performance considerations - yet still don't care, then I genuinely have no reasons to point you away from AMD.
Thanks for the replies, all.
And thanks for that link to the pcie review. I'd been looking around before for a good comparison, or just any kind of information of the differences between pcie2 and 3 and that's the best layout of it I have seen yet.
And yeah budget is a concern for me. Otherwise I'd just slap a 4570k in some z87 board and forget about it. Or conversely if it was all about not using Intel I'd just put an 8350 or 9370 or something the best 990FX board, flip off the air in Intel's general direction and be done. But budget is a factor here. I'm just building a budget box.
This will be my first build. Originally I was considering a 6300 against an i3 3220, but when the Haswell i3s hit, suddenly the 6300 made less sense. But then, these past weeks, Newegg had that sale on for the 8320 at $135, and that made me start considering them. I was surprised when that $135 sticker came back after the sale had ended, and then came back again even after cyber Monday. Seems they sold well enough or AMD just really can't part with these 8320's I dunno. They have remained lower in their prices even just regularly than before that sale. Where I am in my budget now, I'm considering a bit more than I was, and was thinking going i5-4430 or 3330 in a h77 or h87. These 8320s on sale were what started making me consider them again. I was previously not considering 8core AMDs because then you have to worry about what the board can handle, the cooling situation with the case and the heat sink you're using. And also, I have been mainly considering the gigabyte 970ud3 board, and going to 125w makes think about that a bit, but it's 8+2 so I guess it's ok, and from what I've seen the 8320 at stock clocks respects its tdp. Though at that pricepoint you could just get an i5. But with these new prices they will save me a little money.
So that's where I am in my thought process about it right now. There is also the fact that I don't really like the idea of using Intel. Looking at this stuff as I familiarize myself with all of the stuff, for a while, has really turned me off Intel. Another thing, because this will be my first build, I do like the idea of having it unlocked just so I can tweak it a bit.
One thing I haven't concerned myself with too much is heat and noise. I mean, I am concerned about heat. You hear as many times that these FX 8 cores run hot as you hear they run cool. I was considering a tx3 or 212+ to go along with it, but then that just adds to the price tag where the stock cooler would do it for Intel. It's harder to get information on heat and noise because, you know, you just don't find many reviews that do that stuff in any kind of depth, nothing like performance metrics, and also noise is very subjective and hard to quantify in any kind of hard data without expense for microphones and quiet environments and whatnot. But I'll try to go on youtube and see what I can find out about the noise and look more into the temperature situation. One nebulous area is exactly what the AMD stock coolers can do with regards to the 8 core. I have no clear answer on that.
So thanks for the replies. But back on topic, I forgot to mention the SSD caching, also read about that in the most recent guide, so I do know about that too. If anyone else has anything else to add that might be getting overlooked about how the 900 series compares to Intel's 7 and 8, then it would appreciated. Thanks again.