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920 to 980 or 2011+3820?

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Ok, so my friend is planning to upgrade from a 920 to a 980, roughly a $600 upgrade. imo, he'd be better off just buying a 2011 board and 3820 for around $650, give it a reasonable overclock and be good for another 4 or 5years.
Primary use is video editing/encoding in After Effects, Premiere and DaVinci Resolve with a bit of Cinema4d mixed in.

Personally speaking, since he wants to upgrade his chip, it would be a better investment going with a 3820 versus the 980 taking a small performance hit but being able to OC and possibly match the 980 performance at stock, gaining added features and then have the option to upgrade to a hex IB-E later on.

He isn't too convinced and figured where else would I get the best advice and most prudent opinions then here.
So thoughts, opinions? Which would be a better investment and why.

Thanks.
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My personal opinion...just save the money unless shedding a couple of encoding seconds is worth that much to you/your friend.

After browsing some comparisons...the 3820 seems to be just slightly stronger than the 980X in terms of CPU intensive performance while the 980X is a bit stronger for multi-core heavy applications. Even a 920 is still strong for today's platforms which is why I'm sticking with it for years to come. Only time I'll feel the need to upgrade is if a bottleneck occurs with my video cards.
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I agree, the 920 is still a strong chip, but he's pretty hell bent on upgrading.
Mind you, between his 920@4ghz(highest I got on it) and my 2600k@4.8, something his rig takes 13hrs to render out mine does in 6hrs.
post #4 of 5
I was able to get my 980x on here for $400. I would try to find a 970 or 980 for under $400. They are out there an are very good upgrades.
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For the use your friend is planning on, the 3820 is less of an upgrade than a 980.
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