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Which system better for video editing: 2600k vs Xeon W3550

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Is it better to buy a HP z400 with the following specs:

- CPU: 1 Xeon W3550 (3.06 GHz, 8 MB cache, 1066 MHz memory)
- RAM: 8 GB 1333 MHz
- GPU: NVIDIA Quadro 600 (1 GB)
- HDD: 1TR @7200rpm

Total: $1500 AUD

OR custom build:

CPU: i7 2600k
RAM: 8GB G.Skill 1600MHz CL8
GPU: 6950 (shader unlock and o.c)
SSD/HDD: 60GB Vertex2 / 1TB samsung F3

Total: $1500 AUD (also includes case, PSU etc.)

MAIN PURPOSE:
- Everyday use (documents/net)
- Video editing
- HD Movies
post #2 of 8
Considering the overclocking possibilities of both, the 2600k would be the more powerful machine, not only that though it would be pointless to buy anything on the 1366 socket right now.

Plus that W3550 machine has 8GB of RAM, wut? it's doing it wrong.
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You can check the performance here of that w3550; it performs a little under a stock bloomfield 920, and an OC'ed sandy bridge will absolutely tear apart a 920 (you can see further up on the list). You're way better off with the newer architecture in this case.

Obviously this chart isn't for video editing statistics, but the same principles apply. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a scenario when that xeon would outperform the SB chips.

The quadro would be ideal for things like solidworks, inventor, etc. but I'm pretty sure the 6950 will chew it up and spit it out in video editing.

All in all, the custom build would be my choice here. Better in pretty much every fashion.
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Ok then custom build it is :-)

Thanks guys appreciate the help!
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waaaiiiitt. If you're doing video editing.. especially using Adobe or other CUDA-enabled software, that AMD gpu will do squat for you. Very very little and I stress "little" developers have supported or used AMD Stream technology, the rival protocol to CUDA. When it comes to rendering video, offloading it to your CUDA enabled GPU will shave lots of time off the queue time and let you do more things in and around your desktop with a generally free CPU with CPU clocks to spare smile.gif. Just a thought!
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Originally Posted by LocKDowN2222*;13288354 
waaaiiiitt. If you're doing video editing.. especially using Adobe or other CUDA-enabled software, that AMD gpu will do squat for you. Very very little and I stress "little" developers have supported or used AMD Stream technology, the rival protocol to CUDA. When it comes to rendering video, offloading it to your CUDA enabled GPU will shave lots of time off the queue time and let you do more things in and around your desktop with a generally free CPU with CPU clocks to spare smile.gif. Just a thought!

Yea I looked in to this, apparently CUDA doesn't really make a great deal of difference, however as this is going to be mainly used for editing then i guess there's no harm in getting a little extra boost, i'm probably going to go with a Asus 560 Ti DirectCU II and try and over clock it a bit.
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You can check the performance here of that w3550; it performs a little under a stock bloomfield 920, and an OC'ed sandy bridge will absolutely tear apart a 920 (you can see further up on the list). You're way better off with the newer architecture in this case.

Obviously this chart isn't for video editing statistics, but the same principles apply. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a scenario when that xeon would outperform the SB chips.

The quadro would be ideal for things like solidworks, inventor, etc. but I'm pretty sure the 6950 will chew it up and spit it out in video editing.

All in all, the custom build would be my choice here. Better in pretty much every fashion.

That link is useless, a W3550 is the same as a core i7 950, so it is NOT on par with a 920. But regardless an overclocked SB would dominate any first gen i7 available other than the 970/980/990/xeon hexcores.
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