Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

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    1. Nathan Gamble

      Well, they've got to do the same with AMD vs nVidia now.

    2. haloguy32375

      the real question is, why cant linus hold expensive equipment without dropping it

    3. Robert Therrien

      When GPU are $1000. Then AMD processors are the best.

    4. Paul Gariepy

      Linus you should do a AMD vs Intel reliability / compatibility shootout. One of the reasons I left AMD back in the Athlon days was the chipsets were buggy and the USB ports always seemed to have issues vs the Intel platforms. AKA which platform is more stable especially when we talk about AMD winning with overclocking.

    5. Fredrik Lindlöf

      Something not mentioned in the video is value over time, I.E upgradability. Would love to see a video where they make approximations of each parts viable lifetime, and show plausible current and future upgradepaths and what the value preposition becomes then.

    6. fmalone03

      AMD also has a upgrade path. Intel regularly dumps support for current chipsets when they release a new CPU even though the performance gains are minimal and after a couple of years if you are looking for upgrades you will more than likely have to change your motherboard and CPU at once on Intel.

    7. Anders Larsson

      If it’s AMD vs Intel you have to go with an AMD GPU ;)

    8. Pure Gameplay

      LOL american prices are seriously FUCKED. In Canada, I3 8350k is $320+ and the ryzen 5 2600 is $230, Come to Canada and you'll definitely see the price to performance that AMD has over swagtel. Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600x shit all over the I3 and cost 30% less, its literally a no brainer. The real title of this video should be, "Why does everyone like to be shit on by Intel"

    9. Pure Gameplay

      Its not the budget option, is the logical option. Thats like saying every bag other than gucci is just a budget bag, when in reality some shit is just overpriced swag trash.


      I knew big man would win this challenge,,, can you guys do the same thing with a 5 gpu mining rig?? THAT WOULD BE COOL


      I have no reason to change and I am sticking with AMD


      llinus AMD is for smart people like me that want the best for my money ,,I build miners and I am glad I bought the right RX590 NITRO cards for my miners and they work great and I see Nvidia trying to keep up with the 200 to 250 usd cards and I am glad to see the MH/z clock listings recently

    13. Manuel Jurado

      One of your best video ever!: Great content, fantastic presentation and awesome execution. Please do this comparison for at least a couple of budgets more.

    14. Fran

      6:32 You are using liquid cooling, which wasn't in none of the lists 🤦

    15. Ashley Perkins

      so he cheated by putting a non amd graphics card in the amd build....

    16. SanityDragon

      Productivity would also be interesting as i'm guessing the intel chip would win in premiere (quicksync) but the Ryzen chip would smash rendering? Nice video; worth a part 2 for productivity and then an all round balance?

    17. Elbert Joseph Layco

      For $750, i see there's a little bit of value difference. Will that increase/decrease based on the cost range like at $500 or even $1000?

    18. furyp100

      I think it would be more reasonable to just compare motherboard and cpu prices since cases, psu, ram, and gpu doesn't matter for amd vs intel comparisons

    19. Сука Блять

      So basically AMD is better no matter how you try to spin it. Just Linus is an intel-shill and can’t bring himself to outright admit that fact.

    20. roddybrod

      Really loved this video! I've got plenty of friends making commitments to PC Gaming and this is a great introduction to budgeting their systems out! I really would have wished that you mentioned something about an i7's value proposition for this budget as I feel like many people automatically jump to them.

    21. Matthew Langley

      Honestly AMD (right now the 2700x) at the just below top end gaming machine is the top pick IMHO. Especially if you're looking at 1440p or greater where the advantages of a 9700k or 9900k diminish greatly do to being GPU bound, and what does that cheaper price on the AMD get you? A serious upgrade to GPU. For example the 2700x is regularly $310, but it also goes down quite a bit by $10-$20 less, even more commonly you can get some killer combo deals on newegg with a great MB or RAM and get anywhere from $20-$50 off. Likewise you get a pretty good stock cooler with it, often compared to say a $40-$50 aftermarket cooler. The 9700k is $420 and no cooler. all this plus cheaper motherboard options (that you can also get at some great deals or combo deals) typically means you can net about $150-$200 savings going 2700x and the 9700k is only a minimal amount better on CPU bound games, usually at 1080p, and usually no faster at 1440p or greater. Likewise multicore is a toss up between the two, 16 vs 8 threads in the AMD camp nets you some wins in some cases, while the 9700k with equal cores and higher clockspeeds nets you in some others. That $200 or so dollars will add a massive amount to your gaming results if applied either towards a GPU, a good monitor, or honestly to something else. Again 1440p you lost a couple FPS (and maybe none at all) but getter more FPS in GPU, higher refresh or better image quality in a better monitor, or maybe something like a better keyboard, mouse, headset, better chair, desk, faster drives, more high speed drives so you install less etc. Honestly unless you are either beyond having a budget at all (even if you have deep pockets) or you just need to get to that 240 fps in 1080p games (say an aspiring FPS pro or something) it just doesn't make sense, the price difference for the limited gain is just too much. There are countless ways to improve your gaming experience even if you've been dropping it like it's hot on components. Even then you can take that extra money that won't really benefit you much and spend them on games or software if nothing else. My wife and I got a set of 1080 tis for our gaming rigs last year (and for context I'm running a caselabs case so don't mind spending extra money for the quality)... this year when we upgrade CPU we could have dropped more on a 9700k or even a 9900k, but I just couldn't justify it. It really just doesn't add up unless we basically had an almost unlimited budget for our rigs and all of our gaming equipment and games. Just my opinion though.

    22. Gerrard Harvey

      +Linus random question: why do I get the Video_scheduler_internal_error BSOD and how do I fix it? After all I tried it appears it is related to graphics card driver or hardware but I'm not sure which. I don't have a second gfx card to test. I do know that with the gfx driver completely removed using DDU, it doesn't crash. But as soon as Windows update auto installs the driver, it crashes.

    23. Nazar Andriyuk

      1500 price point

    24. EagleClaw1842

      i feel bad for that chair

    25. Cbeddoe19

      Because its way cheaper and you can upgrade old motherboards with new processors. Or you can buy older products for dirt friggin cheap. That little performance penalty isn't worth 2-3x the money for most people

    26. Bryce Stewart

      $750 for a gaming rig, don't thing so. A grand or two for sure!!!

    27. LittleDooKidle

      Poor people? Im still using the FX 8350

    28. Nicholas Ebbing

      I still remember Luke, man. I do like the new people though.

    29. Unicorn Diarrhea

      More videos with Anthony! I like that guy.

    30. Farva

      AMD always

    31. Daniel Pérez

      This was easy more informative and interesting than I was expecting! Thanks for this!

    32. ared18t

      Hey it's the Linux guy. :D

    33. The TNTsheep

      An important thing to consider for budget gamers is that AM4 will be compatible with new CPUs for the foreseeable future, while the Intel chipsets can be expected to run away before you can say 'WAIITTTTT!..."

      1. Nathan Gamble

        "AM4 will be compatible with new CPUs for the foreseeable future" Next generation (Zen 2) yes, but beyond that probably not, outside of the low-end.

    34. rx10

      2:23 I hope his health is a concern of LMG. He clearly needs help

    35. oddeda

      I was thinking AMD would be much better. To tell you the truth, for lees than 2% performance, I would not OC and stick to Intel with its better stability.

      1. Ri so pia

        Wait for ryzen 2

    36. MrDeathknight1

      I've been looking at lap tops for a few games for under 450 and then at 300 pounds which had been intresting refebs the way to go on 300 pound budget but new amd was the way at 450 2500u and on board gpu blasts Intel for game performance from what I can tell on reading on line

    37. James Neave

      Also, it kinda shows that CPU is largely irrelevant outside of workstation loads.

    38. James Neave

      But... With the standardisation of 8 cores on the major console platforms, have engines and games been optimized for 8 threads or cores? In stock case, AMD would have a clear advantage.

    39. Dunix 16

      I have a i5 8400 its very good

    40. Chaosbud Gaming

      I have the 8400 with a 1060 6gb and have been so far very happy with my performance. Figure by Christmas I'll try to do some upgrades

    41. gr82bAnAUTiger

      Personally I think it's silly to hold yourself to such a tight budget on something like a PC purchase which should last you 3-5 years especially on the CPU side. An 8700k vs 2700x build is a lot more interesting to me, as they should be fairly similar in prices. The 8700k would win in gaming and the 2700x in productivity while the 8700k system would be about $75-$100 more for the processor (if you can get it at $330 which it goes on sale for all the time) and overclocking board, over 3 years that's like $2.50-$3.00 a month difference. I would also advise a SSD at minimum for boot drive with your primary game on it to reduce texture load times and give a much better experience.

    42. TJ Max

      Fun thing. Here in Europe (Serbia) 2060 is around 500$ so this doesn't do us any good lol

    43. Razorize

      now stream with the same systems and you will easily be able to stream better with amd than intel

    44. Nikola Miladinovic

      You are so miserable with these f*****g commercials, just like every other channel

    45. Beep

      I also had the budget of 750. But i have to buy monitor, cpu case and keyboard and mouse in that budget.

    46. Richardo Otros

      What laptop is Antoni using?

    47. Gameplay and Talk

      This was a fun concept. I was honestly surprised both came out so even, roughly. I'd definitely like to see future videos comparing other price points.

    48. Finchnz

      This was really good, I am still running a 4970k and its good to see where each team is going in regards to a setup that is middle of the road.

    49. Bound4Earth

      Rosewill PSU, HAHA.

    50. Excellion123

      Vega56 would have been a much better choice than rtx 2060

    51. F0110W3R '

      FX processors anyone! Yeah, it's kinda sad I switched to a Ryzen 5 1500x when it came out. I discount on it from Newegg, so it was cheaper than Intel's current offerings. Once I got that I just slapped it into a cheap b350 and I was good to go!

    52. T A

      Linus, please can you include European pricing next time? Thank you.

    53. Luke Borg

      because of AMD"s advertising... you can have an athlon 3000 CPU that runs LIKE 3.0GHZ! (in reality it's 1.4ghz).... i hate AMD< always have

    54. Pwnpie

      for the first time in my life i am ready to make a gaming PC, have a budget of $1500 but its giving me a damn headache trying to figure what to get, everyone i ask have different opinions. oh god

    55. King of Gamers

      What about a 3000 dollar limit

    56. King of Gamers

      The i9 9980xe was worth it

    57. King of Gamers

      I bought a 2000 dollar cpu worth it i9

    58. Vern Haynes

      Here is something to think about...Without AMD to keep it honest, how much would an 8400k cost? Competition keeps the tech advancing, keeps prices low, and ensures a constant stream of new/faster tech.

    59. Luda Pecurka

      Soon to be for top of the top end gaming systems ;)

    60. RiftMull ‘

      anthony picked my motherboard on his first build lol

    61. jodaneidajo

      AMD won a Google gaming deal now, stock is soaring

    62. Silverhawk Shayhan

      I would like to see some comparisons between low PC hardware to high end server hardware for media servers, like plex or emby with all the features enabled to how different types of hardware effects performance of the software.

    63. GMBlazey

      1050ti i5 3340 8gb ram £250 maxed anything ive ran

      1. Ri so pia

        30 fps noob

    64. Zapablast05

      Lol AMD for poor people? What a blindsided dolt. I'll take AMD and put the money savings towards a more exciting hobby, like track days.

    65. Carys Kelly

      Can you help me build my own pc, please. I don't think you have ever done one with an older girl gamer. I am 11 almost 12, and I want to get into the world of pc gaming!

    66. Victor Ov

      Would be good to see some productivity and stream benchmarks not just "gaming"/

      1. Simon Verdinek

        Yeah .. sponsored by Intel and nVidia? Very unlikley to see those results here.

    67. Victor Ov

      Loool AMD is for poor people.

    68. Alparslan Kopuz

      İ like the see more of this

    69. plonk420

      one thing as a grown up, i don't skimp on PSU like i did as a "kid," not even for budget builds... at the VERY least a Seasonic Bronze

    70. Hoàng Nam Nguyễn

      Question: Why Intel CPU and B360 only support Ram 2666, but you can put 3000???

    71. The Legacy

      Could you do an update on this video which includes productivity numbers? Considering amd's proficiency with the number of course, it would be very interesting to see.

    72. Shorne Pubique

      they should make Anthony the Oracle. "we need to visit the oracle." then they tap the mirrort and Anthony appears and he says "thisss bettter be goooood" like the wizard of oz. and then they're like blah blah blah can you help us... and then he speaks in riddle and they have to decipher what he's saying and then before he fades away he does the tap head meme and leaves.

    73. Tony Torres

      i dont see the appeal in budget "pc" gaming if you aren't aiming for at least 144fps/144hz just stick to console low budget computer hurt my eyes

    74. Russell Winters

      Remember Athlon XP Barton cores? Pepperidge farm remembers.

    75. 1 WithTheDark

      What about a mid ranged 1200-1500 dollar pc builds between intel and amd? wonder if it would stay around the same or will one come out on top?

    76. Dirk Snyder

      I would have liked to see how those systems differed in productivity workloads. I supect the AMD system would have blown the Intel system away in applications like video editing, simply because of the higher thread count.

    77. SORAW441

      Nah, not really. Using Ryzen 2600X and a 1080Ti Mini no problem with a Gigabyte b450i, SP 512GB SsD, 16gigs of 3200 c14 DDR4 and Windows 10 LTSC 1809. I hate elitists who constantly act like having the absolute best is the only thing or GTFO. It’s not 1999 anymore. I agree AMD GPUs are buggy but I’m not complaining about FPS or latency on my CPU. Mistrust over buggy releases is hard to wipe off but I’m pretty sure AMD rocks now.

    78. David Wesson

      I really enjoyed this video! I would love to see another future video with an even lower budget, say $500, that may or may not be overclockable / for premium gaming purposes.

    79. Jokery

      only reason intel better performs because focused on single core performance which most games use but when multicore AI in games will be a thing will be mind blowing and intel will die

    80. john paul de paz

      i know linus is a very reliable..

    81. john paul de paz

      what about the power consumption in idle mode or vice on its very peak demand


      IM UPSET - miles teller, probably

    83. EliteMetrics Playz

      Can you do rtx vs gtx

    84. Israel Lewis

      Nice to see Linus using an HP Envy ;)

    85. Matt D.

      I'm about to build a rig with a $2000 budget, so it would great to see how Linus and Anthony would do it. I'm new to PC building and driving myself crazy trying to figure out value vs performance....

    86. Arkhein

      You forgot to mention upgrading. You can keep your b AMD mobo up to 2020 (if I'm not mistaken) and use their entire mainstream CPU lineup. Intel on the other hand makes you switch your mobo for the high end ones to be able to enjoy more performance from an OCed CPU.

    87. Saricon

      As cool as the other stuff u uploaded recently is, i am always so interested in these kind of videos, cause they actually help me deciding what to buy and probide information i can really use instead of just entertainment.

    88. mohamed tawfik

      here is the better 750$ deal pcpartpicker.com/list/8NNFD2

    89. Spfere

      Yes please, more of this, it is actually very useful for more than the rich kids that got daddys wallet to play around with.

    90. Pixel SkuII

      Yeah but I have AirPods so

    91. Random PC Test

      i5 7500, 16gb ddr4, 1060 6gb best cheap pc lol i5 and mobo for like 200 usd in a bundle NEW

    92. mike szwagierczak

      try and do a budget gaming build for 500$ canadian. looking into doing a budget build myself but dont know what to do

    93. Viktor Kenesei

      And what is the vulnerability of the intel?

    94. marceelino

      what was the OC?

    95. John Locke

      How is that guy so fucking fat AND ugly

    96. Tobias Carlsson

      I'm rich, with AMD I'm even richer.

    97. ReloadFast

      oh yes, bring them on!. It would also be interested to see a build guide that´s not from scratch, what parts would you change them. What parts would you carry over and what would you change, even if it's still relevant technology.

    98. Swapnil Sinha

      A 300$ build would be great..

    99. Tim Owen

      "I probably should have gone for dual channel" Oh Linus, Linus, Linus.

    100. Austin Swails

      hello i came here looking for the "Is AMD For Poor People?" video, can't seem to find it.