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Somehow I always keep getting back to this debate about which processor to get. (3820 or 3930k). The main reason I'm looking into the 3930k is that it has six cores. A lot of people say you only need four cores for games and most applications. I need to know how much cores a game "uses" and same thing with applications. Will six cores benefit me in video editing?

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AFAIK hex will be great for video editing.
I would personally pick a quad, since for the same OC, the power consumption of the hex is much greater than the benefits of 2 cores more.
Also, AFAIK, hex rarely OCes as high as quad (often for the same reason)
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Six cores will definitely benefit you in video editing, provided the editing software you're using can take full advantage of a multiple core system. Games today are few and far between that actually make full use of more than two cores, with notable exceptions being BF3, BFBC2, GTA IV, MS Flight Simulator, and a few others. However, most games are still only able to utilize up to two cores, on average.
    
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Well I'm not a be making/editing videos all day but I definitely want the benefits of a hex-core. The main problem is the price of the 3930k. Exactly how good are the benefits and what are they?
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Well I'm not a be making/editing videos all day but I definitely want the benefits of a hex-core. The main problem is the price of the 3930k. Exactly how good are the benefits and what are they?

Well you aren't going to get anywhere near double the performance for double your money if that is what you are asking.
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Well I'm not a be making/editing videos all day but I definitely want the benefits of a hex-core. The main problem is the price of the 3930k. Exactly how good are the benefits and what are they?

i dont think the benefits out way the cost.. if you want a 2011 a 3820 4c/8t would be plenty for video editing.. but the time to encode a video will probably be noticeable with a 6c/12t cpu....
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Well I'm not a be making/editing videos all day but I definitely want the benefits of a hex-core. The main problem is the price of the 3930k. Exactly how good are the benefits and what are they?

Hex core means you have more threads at your disposal if you decide to go down the video encoding route and other highly taxing applications that demand maximum number of threads. (Folding perhaps? biggrin.gif)

Sometimes I too find myself inclined to submitting my mind to those what-if fantasies where the hex core will outperform the quadcore, but in your use-case as a gamer, It won't. Sad, but true.
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Well it looks like I will be definitely be getting the 3820. Thank you guys so much for the fast responses.
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If you're not getting a hex core then I don't see any reason to go with SB-E. I'd consider a 2600k if I were you.
Edited by hirolla888 - 3/25/12 at 4:48pm
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If you're not getting a hex core then I don't see any reason to go with SB-E. I'd consider a 2600k if I were you.

Not necessarily. 2011 better upgrade path (IB-E) and more memory capability.
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