Bye bye Intel. Hello AMD.

I finally did it. I ditched Intel.

Why?

Truthfully? I’ve never felt at home with Intel. My first frankenstein PC that I built from scratch and worked my ass off to buy components for at minimum wage, I had settled on (and I still remember it to this day) an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ seated on a GIGABYTE GA-7N400 Pro 2 (r2) motherboard, with 4gb of dual-channeled value memory, a 450watt PSU, and an Sapphire Radeon 9200se in an AGP 8X slot.

I was so proud of that system. And for what it was worth, I would spend the next several years hammering that hardware so hard, I’d eventually kill the Radeon outright.

The Athlon CPU line was budget conscious for sure, but to it’s credit it worked extremely well for the kinds of things I wanted to do. Sure, Intel benchmarks proved my CPU was outclassed, but they were marginal at worst and only somewhat impressive at the time but for a couple hundred extra dollars for the privilege.

I remember the next upgrade, it was around the time of the AMD Phenom Quad Core era. I remember getting appropriately amped about it, oh of ALL the things I could do with multiple cores! I thought. Turns out, the hype wasn’t warranted. The Phenom would prove unstable at best, and outright demolished for performance at worst. I’d never had to restart my computer so often in my life than with the Phenom.

It was here that I turned team blue with an Intel Q4400. This thing, was a BEAST. It was almost like a black hole of processing power, nothing I threw at it that it couldn’t handle with speed and finesse. I was appropriately impressed and very happy. Years later, the CPU was starting to show it’s age and it was time to upgrade. AMD was in a .. very sad, very pathetic state during this time. I looked at team Red with fond memories of the Athlon, and really did want to come back, but alas, there was just no point doing that kind of thing to myself, not for the money i’d be dropping on it.

Unceremoniously, I picked up whatever Intel i5 was on sale at the time and swapped the motherboard out for an Asus. The i5 did it’s job, but it’s pretty telling to me how attached I am to it: I can’t even remember what generation it’s from. I remember nothing about it, except that it’s an i5. It was here that I started taking Archive.org snapshots of all of my computer components. The motherboard, the memory, the video card, the psu, everything… except the CPU. It was that wholly unremarkable to me, that I just couldn’t be bothered to care enough to treat it on the same level as my power supply unit.

All that’s come to a head though. I was psyched when I saw Ryzen come out and appropriately surprise people left and right. But I waited.. I too have been burned before by getting in on a product that’s good, only for the follow up to wildly disappoint. So I decided to wait to see what would happen with the 2nd generation of Ryzen, and if it was any better. To my delight, it continues to turn heads. In many respects, Intel can still dance around Ryzen, but it’s one heck of an asking price to do that. Ryzen gives you the performance and features for a price that’s just near unfathomable. Finally… I could come home.

Black Friday came along, and I raced over to my local shop (CanadaComputers.com if you must know) and ran inside to grab me one of them fancy new Ryzen 5 3600X CPU’s, and to bring it all full circle, I also picked up a sweet new GIGABYTE motherboard too, an Aorus X570 Elite in fact. I also grabbed a 16gb kit of Corsair Vengence 3600mhz memory and, look, listen, I don’t mean to come off as whatever here.. but I feel immediately comfortable at home with it all. On top of this, operations like unarchiving a 30gb 7zip file only took a couple minutes, as opposed to the 10-15min I usually would have had to wait on the old CPU or my laptop. I came away from Black Friday, with a pretty sweet haul.

Sure, I may be a “Gamer”, but I work with a lot of asynchronous technologies on my desktop at home. I work with Docker, Node, and .NET. I work with several concurrently running Database engines. I deal with minimum 2 IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate instances running at all times, and often time’s were talking on average 5 to 8 instances, plus VSCode for quick edits. I like to run a plex media server on it with transpiling on. I like to have chrome open with like 20 -50 tabs open. I do a lot of worth with Affinity Photo in regards to helping with my wife’s business, and I love to use DaVinci Resolve or Magix Vegas to edit gameplay montage clips that’ll never see the light of day. I like to record podcasts and I like to stream development and gaming sessions to different streaming platforms.

In other words: I keep my system busy, at all times.

This Ryzen 5 3600X? Has been an incredible find. And I couldn’t be any happier than I am right now.

Now.. to upgrade my 1050ti…

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