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  1. Shawn Orichefsky

    Shawn Orichefsky

    12 horas atrás

    Awesome video, would love to see more like this! Both Linus and Anthony were both fun in this video. :) I can see this helping people with their builds

  2. Omnorimli


    13 horas atrás

    I pay for electricity.... how does this add to the equation?

  3. De Do

    De Do

    16 horas atrás

    Who actually dislikes these videos? C’mon people

  4. Uncultured Barbarian

    Uncultured Barbarian

    16 horas atrás

    loved this. more of these plz



    21 hora atrás

    don't forget power consumption for each system, since electric bill uses real money

  6. Lieberdk


    22 horas atrás

    Linus ffs. Ones again you need to include, that EU citizens cant follow these "words". AMD and INTEL or almost just as expensive, so those advice or whatever i am to call, it rather useless for those living in Europe. If it is cheaper in europe it is so little that that no matter what INTEL would still be most value for your money. I get it that it is cheaper in US and canada, i KNOW it is, but in europe there is a bigger tax than EU & canada, we are litterally paying extra to give it to the CANCER called Europe Union. This is why every country and citizens in Europe should force the politicians to give this shitty cancer shit up! Follow the british who were clever enough to get the hell out of EU! EU = much more expensive in taxes = Much more expensive to buy stuff = the only ones who gain from this is the paycheck the politicians gets.

  7. D'oh Nuts

    D'oh Nuts

    22 horas atrás

    Compare motherboads. I wants to build a PC and Motherboards come in a huge price difference. Do the cheaper one have a worse performance?

  8. Jkwan


    Dia atrás

    These results are true if you are strictly gaming but ryzen definitely benefits from the extra cores and threads if you are doing anything else or gaming and streaming

  9. palindari


    Dia atrás

    Try making a balls out Intel v. AMD - then compare bang-for-buck comparisons... that is if you haven't already...

  10. Felipe Andrade

    Felipe Andrade

    Dia atrás

    Other price points would be great. Another good one would be for other uses too, like content creators or science/engineering stuff. There is a lot of IT/engineering students and new content creators trying to maximize bang for a buck but they don't have any idea.

  11. Cam P

    Cam P

    Dia atrás

    Should've checked professional performance as well

  12. NvrUseYur RealName

    NvrUseYur RealName

    Dia atrás

    ...So confused. He said the Intel Core i5-8400(6 cores @ 2.8GHz) is "more powerful" than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600(6 cores @ 3.4GHz).... HOW? I'm admittedly way behind on processors(& a lot of PC hardware these days), but that just seems like a REALLY big difference to me & in the opposite direction from his statement. ...So, yea, what on Earth am I missing? Someone explain it to me please & thank you so much. :/

  13. Kashif Riley

    Kashif Riley

    Dia atrás

    I'm actually getting an AMD Ryzen 2950X for my new build and the value was so good it allowed me to get more NvMe SSD and more memory

  14. Planet Random

    Planet Random

    Dia atrás

    I Love how Linus was bitching with the hp 360 and saying how bad it was but he’s using it in this video, and a few months back saying how bad apple was, but Tweets from an iPhone. Linus, you’re full of shit and everyone knows it

  15. Gupinder Momi

    Gupinder Momi

    Dia atrás

    What about quality over time? Which rig would last longer?

  16. DennisTheGamer


    Dia atrás

    I was close to buying a i5 8400, but rather switched to a Ryzen 5 2600X, because of better benchmarks and I could get at a discount.

  17. joseph bras

    joseph bras

    2 dias atrás

    could it be possible you sugest me a configuration for at maximum 1000 dolars pc tower. games are not important, but the quality of the material are. it should run at least for 5 years. its purpuse is downloading media and watching video at in 4 k at 1gps speed. i think it shoul have a dedicate video card for not put that efort in the cpu. not overclocked, the motherbord sould have the latest wifi conection avaible.

  18. Birdy Reene

    Birdy Reene

    2 dias atrás

    I love these videos and it was neat seeing what they put together with a 750 dollar budget, but im curious fps benchmark wise how well both these builds in this video would do on poorly optimized games on a populated Rust server or Conan exiles server. I can torture my moldy potato of a pc all day long with csgo at around 55 fps on medium settings. but if I fire up rust, even if I run it on potato setting. with all its other optional settings as low as they can possibly go, I get 12 to 22 fps tops X_x and 30 in conan exiles. So im really curious how well either of these budget builds they showed in this video would run rust at low and medium settings.

  19. Gullraiz Nadeem

    Gullraiz Nadeem

    2 dias atrás

    Do one for content creation PCs

  20. Wesley Beason

    Wesley Beason

    2 dias atrás

    Do more videos like this, really gave true data for when your buying computer parts online. Thanks for the video.

  21. Sam C

    Sam C

    2 dias atrás

    really enjoyed this type of video. More chill, good information and well presented without being over the top.

  22. Maaxiim


    2 dias atrás

    My fx 4300 still runs, but I'll upgrade to a 2600 or 3600 depending on their release

  23. Marsted Roashmallows

    Marsted Roashmallows

    2 dias atrás

    I'd like to see this comparison again at $500 with the amd system using a amd gpu. I think that'd be somewhat fair because amd doesn't have competition for the rtx 20 series cards yet.

  24. connostyper


    2 dias atrás

    From me the situation is different. You can built an AMD system with high end motherboard that is cheper than Intel. Then cheap out on cpu for example 2600. AMD motherboards will support 3rd generation ryzen. You can upgrade later if needed.

  25. Bud King

    Bud King

    3 dias atrás

    Anthony, with the money you save buying AMD you can put towards fixing your hair.

  26. Crimson Salmadin

    Crimson Salmadin

    3 dias atrás

    The one thing that AMD has over Intel is the upgradeability of the CPU on current motherboards.

    • Stephen Voss

      Stephen Voss

      19 horas atrás

      AMD has done a good job of upgradeability of cpus not just with AM4, but with AM2 and AM3(+). Also the cooling options tended to stay consistent with am2, not needing a new cooler because the socket design stayed the same for about 10 years from AM2 to mostly the same with am4

  27. Valentin Dimitrov

    Valentin Dimitrov

    3 dias atrás

    These types of videos are pure gold Linus.. oh and Anthony's build destroyed, I guess he is much more qualified :D

  28. Derek Stinson

    Derek Stinson

    3 dias atrás

    Anthony should have got a second try too.

  29. JD Gaming

    JD Gaming

    3 dias atrás

    upgrade the 2600 to a 1700 since you have 15$ more, also currently the 8400 is $199.99

  30. Jasonoid


    3 dias atrás

    Hoping to see what Ryzen 3000 does to the CPU market. Bring more competition from Intel? Let's hope so!

  31. The Automaticist

    The Automaticist

    3 dias atrás

    Can you redo this at around $1300 USD (about the value of the computer I built)

  32. Deyvson Moutinho Caliman

    Deyvson Moutinho Caliman

    3 dias atrás

    I don't know how CPU performance are these days, but in Nvidia against AMD when they sell similar performance graphic boards, the AMD ones already come overclocked, they spend more energy and have higher temperatures. So if you overclock Nvidia you can go further, put more load into it, because it's harder to make it overheat. I thought it would be the same with CPUs, but it seems that AMD is really up to par with Intel nowadays, although I would like to see CPU temperatures in those tests, those temperatures should be the same because if Intel had a lower temperature it could be overclocked more.

  33. megadeth22885


    3 dias atrás

    wtf is the "amd build" using a nvidia GPU?.. so this is just a CPU comparison then?

  34. Chivokroy


    3 dias atrás

    Science done right: "It certainly wasn't what we were expecting, but we're going with it."

  35. Jigsaw


    4 dias atrás

    Send me a gaming laptop and I'll draw an animal for you Linus.

  36. DJJEZ1983


    4 dias atrás

    Amd is for broke peasants. Change my mind

  37. مقاطع مترجمة

    مقاطع مترجمة

    4 dias atrás

    Does he change the video Title !! weird

  38. Nick Schafer

    Nick Schafer

    4 dias atrás

    I feel they cheated on AMD here. They adjusted the intel specs for something that can't be overclocked(While improving specs and saving cost) when in the first place of the video that one of their requirements was it HAD to be an overclockable CPU.

  39. Suleman Zaidi

    Suleman Zaidi

    4 dias atrás

    isn't the i3-8350k better than the i5-8400? Much higher base clock, even when the 8400 goes into turbo and plus its cheaper

  40. UgLiest_handsome


    4 dias atrás

    $1250 budget plz

  41. Nathan Gamble

    Nathan Gamble

    4 dias atrás

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

  42. haloguy32375


    4 dias atrás

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

  43. Robert Therrien

    Robert Therrien

    4 dias atrás

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

  44. Paul Gariepy

    Paul Gariepy

    4 dias atrás

    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.

    • Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon

      Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon

      Dia atrás

      +Ducky The Duck No way that will be true. Their 7 nm is kind of a marketing lie, only some parts of the CPU are 7nm and it doesn't affect the transistor density.

    • Ducky The Duck

      Ducky The Duck

      2 dias atrás

      As a Ryzen 5 1500x owner that has a hard cap on overclocking at 4.2ghz, the 2000 series expandded this i can say that even the stock cooler ( the wraith spire) can get you to 4.2 but it will be hot, 85c hot and ryzen overclocking is stable at 75c and i get crashes from time to time, USB support is stellar, no issues with it at all, i honestly had more issues with intel based systems as with usb stability than this If you want to move to amd wait for ZEN 2/3000 series, they will ( according to the leaks and press shows from amd) have 20% more performance per core than any intel architecture so it will be an interesting thing to see if it actually is true

  45. Fredrik Lindlöf

    Fredrik Lindlöf

    4 dias atrás

    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.

  46. fmalone03


    4 dias atrás

    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.

  47. Anders Larsson

    Anders Larsson

    4 dias atrás

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

  48. Pure Gameplay

    Pure Gameplay

    4 dias atrás

    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"

  49. Pure Gameplay

    Pure Gameplay

    4 dias atrás

    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.



    4 dias atrás

    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



    4 dias atrás

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



    4 dias atrás

    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

  53. Manuel Jurado

    Manuel Jurado

    4 dias atrás

    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.

  54. Fran


    5 dias atrás

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

    • AndreasRiborg


      4 dias atrás

      I know right, lets see the overclocking in the actual budget case

  55. Ashley Perkins

    Ashley Perkins

    5 dias atrás

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

  56. SanityDragon


    5 dias atrás

    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?

  57. Elbert Joseph Layco

    Elbert Joseph Layco

    5 dias atrás

    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?

  58. furyp100


    5 dias atrás

    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

  59. Сука Блять

    Сука Блять

    5 dias atrás

    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.

  60. roddybrod


    5 dias atrás

    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.

  61. Matthew Langley

    Matthew Langley

    5 dias atrás

    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.

  62. Gerrard Harvey

    Gerrard Harvey

    5 dias atrás

    +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.

  63. Nazar Andriyuk

    Nazar Andriyuk

    5 dias atrás

    1500 price point

  64. EagleClaw1842


    5 dias atrás

    i feel bad for that chair

  65. Cbeddoe19


    5 dias atrás

    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

  66. Bryce Stewart

    Bryce Stewart

    5 dias atrás

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

  67. LittleDooKidle


    5 dias atrás

    Poor people? Im still using the FX 8350

  68. Nicholas Ebbing

    Nicholas Ebbing

    5 dias atrás

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

  69. Unicorn Diarrhea

    Unicorn Diarrhea

    5 dias atrás

    More videos with Anthony! I like that guy.

  70. Farva


    5 dias atrás

    AMD always

  71. Daniel Pérez

    Daniel Pérez

    5 dias atrás

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

  72. ared18t


    5 dias atrás

    Hey it's the Linux guy. :D

  73. The TNTsheep

    The TNTsheep

    5 dias atrás

    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!..."

    • Nathan Gamble

      Nathan Gamble

      4 dias atrás

      "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.

  74. rx10


    5 dias atrás

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

  75. oddeda


    5 dias atrás

    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.

    • Ri so pia

      Ri so pia

      5 dias atrás

      Wait for ryzen 2

  76. MrDeathknight1


    5 dias atrás

    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

  77. James Neave

    James Neave

    5 dias atrás

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

  78. James Neave

    James Neave

    5 dias atrás

    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.

  79. Dunix 16

    Dunix 16

    5 dias atrás

    I have a i5 8400 its very good

  80. Chaosbud Gaming

    Chaosbud Gaming

    5 dias atrás

    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

  81. gr82bAnAUTiger


    6 dias atrás

    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.

  82. TJ Max

    TJ Max

    6 dias atrás

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

  83. Razorize


    6 dias atrás

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

  84. Nikola Miladinovic

    Nikola Miladinovic

    6 dias atrás

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

  85. Beep


    6 dias atrás

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

    • Aye Mossum

      Aye Mossum

      4 dias atrás

      I took my time and bought everything on sale and/or with rebates. My final cost on my PC (no monitor/keyboard/mouse) Ryzen 5 2600, 16GB 3000MHz RAM, RX 570 8GB, B450 mobo, Intel 660p 1TB NVMe SSD, $620. Took me about 4-6 months to build though....

  86. Richardo Otros

    Richardo Otros

    6 dias atrás

    What laptop is Antoni using?

  87. Gameplay and Talk

    Gameplay and Talk

    6 dias atrás

    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.

  88. Finchnz


    6 dias atrás

    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.

  89. Bound4Earth


    6 dias atrás

    Rosewill PSU, HAHA.

  90. Excellion123


    6 dias atrás

    Vega56 would have been a much better choice than rtx 2060

  91. F0110W3R '

    F0110W3R '

    6 dias atrás

    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!

  92. T A

    T A

    6 dias atrás

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

  93. Luke Borg

    Luke Borg

    6 dias atrás

    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

  94. Pwnpie


    6 dias atrás

    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

  95. King of Gamers

    King of Gamers

    6 dias atrás

    What about a 3000 dollar limit

  96. King of Gamers

    King of Gamers

    6 dias atrás

    The i9 9980xe was worth it

  97. King of Gamers

    King of Gamers

    6 dias atrás

    I bought a 2000 dollar cpu worth it i9

  98. Vern Haynes

    Vern Haynes

    6 dias atrás

    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.

  99. Luda Pecurka

    Luda Pecurka

    6 dias atrás

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

  100. RiftMull ‘

    RiftMull ‘

    6 dias atrás

    anthony picked my motherboard on his first build lol

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