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reliability: intel vs amd

Hi,

I'm building a computer for my mom, its for her work and if it follows her old pc's trend its going to be in use for 6-8 years.

She is not a tech person at all so I want something very reliable.

If it was for me I'd obviously go with ryzen but I think their drivers are less stable than intel, am I wrong?

Which one would you go for in this situation?

thanks

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In regards to CPUs, the current market has offerings from both sides that are very compelling. I would just go with whatever CPU will work best for you in your workloads and that also fits within your budget. And as previously mentioned, you're thinking of AMD graphics cards, which do have pretty bad drivers whenever a new card launches. After some time though, they usually have most of the bad things ironed out. My Radeon VII would through a hissy fit every time I used more than one monitor during gaming. After a few driver updates, it no longer cares.

 

Anywho. What's your budget and use case? What kind of software(s) will be in use?

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Going with parts available today I'd reckon reliability will be similar.

    On the cpu side AMD has had issues at launch that get ironed out fairly quick. If you wait and get her on a zen 4000 part reliability may be flaky for the first month or two, but then it should be pretty good.
    Intel tends to have small issues at launch too, but they've been recycling like 90% of their work for a decade, things tended to go pretty smooth (yes I know 90% is an exaggeration, but there was a distinct lack of pushing the envelope from Intel for a good long time there)

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12 minutes ago, TempestCatto said:

In regards to CPUs, the current market has offerings from both sides that are very compelling. I would just go with whatever CPU will work best for you in your workloads and that also fits within your budget. And as previously mentioned, you're thinking of AMD graphics cards, which do have pretty bad drivers whenever a new card launches. After some time though, they usually have most of the bad things ironed out. My Radeon VII would through a hissy fit every time I used more than one monitor during gaming. After a few driver updates, it no longer cares.

 

Anywho. What's your budget and use case? What kind of software(s) will be in use?

she works in accounting, so I was thinking either a r5 3400g or a i5 10400, she won't need a gpu

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The CPUs are both reliable

 

AMD in my experience, and this goes for motherboards and GPUs, take more user adjustments and intervention to make run properly/well.

 

If its for your mom who doesn't game or do anything compute intensive, get a basic intel prefab with an SSD and let the OEM be tech support.

Before you reply to my post, REFRESH. 99.99% chance I edited my post. 

 

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If she works in accounting I'd almost say go Intel. They generally have stronger single core performance and that's what Excel tends to enjoy.

Saying it's for work is useless if you're not going to tell us what programs she uses.

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5 minutes ago, dizmo said:

If she works in accounting I'd almost say go Intel. They generally have stronger single core performance and that's what Excel tends to enjoy.

Saying it's for work is useless if you're not going to tell us what programs she uses.

I actually don't know which program she uses, but for the budget, I think the 10400 will be better since its a 6 core while the r5 3400g is only 4 cores

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2 minutes ago, shooter27 said:

I actually don't know which program she uses, but for the budget, I think the 10400 will be better since its a 6 core while the r5 3400g is only 4 cores

You'd be better off finding out. More cores doesn't necessarily mean better. Her program might be a lot better off with higher clock speeds.

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