AMD vs Intel -- Power user office class build

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AMD vs Intel -- Power user office class build

I have always been an Intel guy. I had a bad experience with AMD and an epox motherboard  in the late 90's and learned my lesson about trying to save a few bucks.

Nonetheless, my brother lost his machine due to landlord monkeying with wiring and he needs a new build. Current machine was a pre-2008 i5 and he lost both his PS and mobo at minimum.

His uses are Office 2013 mostly word and excel, but also some access and power point. Some photo editing in PhotoShop. Some GIS and some stats with SPSSX. It will also be a media center playing mp3's, flacs and 1080p h264  movies as well as some streaming. He wants run 3 monitors and an HDTV.

He has a good clone builder in MT that will build whatever I spec to them. I was considering an AMD chip for their value and resistance to spectere and meltdown.

Was considering: AMD Ryzen 5 1660x for its value and power. Advice?

mobo that can expand to 64GB but will only install 16GB to start.

It will have a mid range discreet graphics card.

I am wondering a a nice m2 card will make a noticeable difference from a SATA 6Gb SSD.

Any advice is appreciated.

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