“I know AMD gets a lot more speed for the dollar but a lot of people tell me AMDs are cheaply made and will burn up”. Quote from another thread in this forum. My understanding is several years ago gamers were overclocking AMD chips and hence the reputation. After several Intels I moved to AMD over a year ago with no problems so far. And, yes I did it for what seems like more bang for the buck. Intel without a doubt is a fine chip but if you’re on a budget I would suggest AMD.
I haven’t regretted it and being a Blender hobbyist I have given all six cores hell with BI renders. Not being a tech guru let me just say this HP was about 650 with a Nvidia 2GB card upgrade. And while it might not be the fastest it has handled all the new features of Blender over about fourteen months. For those on a budget 600 to 700 dollars seems to be where a Blender user wants to be. Once again that’s just a personal observation from one who did a little homework and is not into gaming.