Needing recomandations on Intel processor for new computer

I am going to build a computer and in the past I have always used AMD processors to build my computers, but this time I am wanting to use Intel.  
What Intel processor would you recommend that would equivalent to an AMD 6 core processor with between 3.5 and 4.0 Ghz speed?
Will Schmidtowner Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Get a high end i5 or an i7 CPU. If you can manage the budget, get an i7.  

I have a ThinkPad X1 with i7 CPU, 16 GB of memory, and Intel HD graphics (high end Intel graphics GPU). This is all engineered together by Lenovo engineers and it works a treat.
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
This is comparing apples to oranges.  AMD Bulldozer (including Excavator Line)  and older chips consistently under-performed Intel Chips.  AMD has not really been competitive for about 10 years. The new RYZEN cpu's (released March 3rd)  and AM4 boards give you a lot more bang for the buck even in single threaded applications. Intel has reduced pricing on some chips by about 10%.
With this new architecture there are some teething bugs so expect bios updates for a while to address these issues.

To be honest I'd have thought that the question would have been the reverse.. i.e. have intel and want equivalent AMD
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
Why the switch been building AMD computers for years, but this what I'd recommend Intel Core i7-6700K 4GHz Processor
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
I'll second David Johnson' comments above.

Unless you've got pressing reasons to buy Intel I'd sit back and wait for about 3 months before making a decision.  If the new RYZEN proves as good as early testing shows then you've got  a good alternative to Intel and quite possibly Intel will price drop.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
You can't really compare processors by groups such as i3, i5 etc.
You need to compare model again model.

Here is example of a cmparison between a Intel Core i7 5500U and a Intel Core i7 4720HQ, both i7 but one 7.5 score and the other 7.7

Another site
I think the main to consider is your workload.

If you do a lot of video editing, transcoding, autocad, photoshop. All of these programs benefit from more cores
Ryzen is a beast when it comes to multi threaded applications with it's 8 cores and 16 threads. Especially for the price.
Ryzen is also a new architecture. So they are expecting peformance improvement as bios / windows / games adapt and catch up.

If you do more gaming. The the 7700k is still top dog.
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
I appreciate the input I am getting.  This is for a customer of mine that would like to have a new computer by next week, so waiting another three months is really not an option.   I also need to go Intel because they are going to be running auto cad and Auto cad recommends Intel for their software.  (that is what my customer is telling me) .  
     I am also needing a decent graphics card if any of you have a recommendation that I would appreciate that also
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think a good i7 Skylake CPU and Intel HD graphics will do this fine. Intel can be integrated right into the motherboard as well.

If you go Nvidia, make sure it is truly compliant with Windows 10. This has not been Nvidia's strong suit (for me).
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
If you want to go Intel, why not get the latest technology i.e. Kaby Lake instead of skylake?
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
You'll want one of the graphic cards on the Autocad recommended list

The Nvidia ones are usually the ones recommended although the right AMD/Radeon ones will do the job.  You get one of these as they are certified for Autocad.  Usually no difference from standard cards except for the price (expensive) and the drivers which are written for stability and not performance.

They've also got a recommended hardware list there as well.

And look at the i7-6700K as recommended above.  From

Take AMD's $229 (about £187, AU$317; as of this writing) FX 9590 for example. It clocks in at 4.7GHz, or 5.0GHz with AMD Overdrive installed. Oh, and did we mention it has eight cores?

That's twice the number of cores bolstered by the Core i7-6700K. But, according to PCMark tests conducted over at CPUBoss, Intel's rigid beast still comes out on top in terms of overall performance.
Michael BarrosCommented:
I would recommend Intel Core i7 6700K 4.00 GHz
This processor is amazing right out of the box. I have it currently at factory default and under a custom water cooling loop on a Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE. It idles at 26C-28C and does not go over 48C-53C on load (gets slightly higher because the room gets hot from the summer heat). Compared to the 3770K I had at 4.5ghz, this doesn't really need any overclocking for it to perform well.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
You might as well get the i7-7700K if you are considering the 6700K.. the 7700 will play netflix in 4K while 6700K won't (no support for h2.65)
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
thanks for all of the input and help.  After all the reseach the customer decided he wanted a laptop but this was still a help as it assisted in me making the choice on the laptop.  - Thanks a bunch
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help
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