Amd Athlon Processors

Written by Charles Peacock
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If you're looking to build your own computer, you've probably spent a lot of time considering which processor to buy. Build-your-own systems leave you with a lot of choices, but few of these are as important as choosing the central processor that will hold the whole thing together. Skimping on a processor can cause an otherwise top-shelf system to perform disappointingly.

How Processors Stack Up

The processor wars have largely been fought between Intel and itself--the company has had a virtual monopoly on the processor market for years. Because of the ubiquity of Intel processors and the company's massive marketing budget, a lot of people are forced into thinking Intel is the only choice. This is definitely not the case.

While there are several processor manufacturers out there who make the grade, AMD seems to be Intel's closest challenger. AMD has long been providing cost-effective processors to PC makers, and now their CPUs are available to people who want to build their own system. If you're considering AMD's Athlon processors, don't be fooled by the price--these are quality units that in many ways hold their own against Intel's Pentiums.

AMD Athlon processors are almost always cheaper than Intel's Pentium chips, and in many tests they actually perform better. I built my own computer a year ago around an AMD Athlon, and could not be happier with it. I saved a substantial amount of money by choosing an AMD processor, and have not noticed a single problem with the chip's performance.

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