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Which processor is better for my needs?

Poll Results: Which processor (will overclock it) is better for my needs (see post).

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 7% of voters (2)
    2500K
  • 74% of voters (20)
    2600K
  • 0% of voters (0)
    1055t
  • 3% of voters (1)
    1100t
  • 7% of voters (2)
    just wait for the zambezi bulldozer you idiot
  • 7% of voters (2)
    just wait till Intel releases chips using 3D transistor technology
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Other processor (please state your choice in a post below)
27 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi all. I have a photography business and need a new primary computer. We will use the computer for photoshop, lightroom, HD video editing, compiling slideshows, email, surfing, gaming, email and streaming music. We sometimes will have 5 or 6 programs open at the same time.
This will be used to build a 64bit rig with a target budget of under $1,000 though we can probably put a little more into it if we absolutely have to.

Given the info above, which processor do you think is best for my needs? We were going to wait for the bulldozers but we really need something sooner...

If you don't see a good processor up there, I will listen to other suggestions.
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3820 For Me
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
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Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
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post #2 of 22
I was going to recommend the 2500k, then i saw you do HD video editing. The 2600k is the clear choice for this.

You could wait for Bulldozer, it depends on how quickly you need this. Be prepared to wait until possibly September for BD though. But they will have some nice 8 cores (possibly).

I use lightroom quite frequently, and it's fairly single-threaded. Some of the advanced photoshop stuff uses as many threads as you can throw at it though.
post #3 of 22
2600K I would say smile.gif
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post #4 of 22
2600K, the hyperthreading will help you out quite a bit.
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post #5 of 22
I voted for 2600K but if you can stall till Bulldozer then that would probably be best. Just so you can see what AMD brings to the table, plus they'll be offering more cores per dollar, which will serve you better since you're using such CPU intensive applications and multi-tasking.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
I should have put an option up for the 1090t as well...

So is more cores or more threads better for things like photoshop or when I have multiple programs open being used simultaneously?
3820 For Me
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2600k overkill
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SB-E 3820 Asrock X79 extreme6 Sapphire 2GB 6950  G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
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Corsair 750HX HAF 932 Gigabyte something or other um, who cares really? 
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3820 For Me
(10 items)
 
2600k overkill
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SB-E 3820 Asrock X79 extreme6 Sapphire 2GB 6950  G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 750HX HAF 932 Gigabyte something or other um, who cares really? 
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post #7 of 22
Normally I would have said you should wait for Bulldozer, but considering the last minute redesign (revision?) AMD had to make I'm just not sure weather it's worth the wait. It could be that Bulldozer will be an awesome CPU, but it's also possible it's the second coming of Barcelona K10 :great ideas, poor execution.

Since you need a new rig sooner rather than later and the max performance of a Bulldozer doesn't seem to be far above Sandy Bridge, then I'd go for the 2600K. It is a Quad as is 2500K, but having HT enabled and 33% more L3 cache it should be able to cope better with multitasking.
The second suggestion, if you're to use many concurrent apps, is to get lots of RAM: 8GB minimum, 16GB won't be overkill considering current RAM prices.

cheers
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post #8 of 22
2600k, hyperthreading will help you with your HD video editing and such
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post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Wow, this is the most I have ever seen OCN'ers agree on something!!! The question is now...i will have a blazingly fast cpu if I get the 2600k, but I don't want any other components to bottleneck the performance. If I drop $300 on the processor (didn't realize that cpu was so much), will I still be able to get the rest of my rig (not including monitor, mouse or keyboard) for $700???
3820 For Me
(10 items)
 
2600k overkill
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SB-E 3820 Asrock X79 extreme6 Sapphire 2GB 6950  G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 750HX HAF 932 Gigabyte something or other um, who cares really? 
  hide details  
Reply
3820 For Me
(10 items)
 
2600k overkill
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SB-E 3820 Asrock X79 extreme6 Sapphire 2GB 6950  G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 750HX HAF 932 Gigabyte something or other um, who cares really? 
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post #10 of 22
An overclocked 2600k would fit your exact needs. smile.gif
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