I am an Intel man through and through, having worked there since the 8086/8088 till 80486 generation. I would never betray my alma matta. During those early years building your own PC was the only way to go since most PC brands comes preconfigured for price performance compromise and hardware.
My son builds his own PC based on AMD processor (dont ask me for the version, I never bothered) because it is cheaper since he was student and it stuck to him as an AMD guy. Out of curiosity I am covering this new AMD Ryzen processor since it has received rave review from hardliners both side of the corridors.
The Threadripper version