Originally Posted by D0m1n13
True... now that I think about it, I don't think there will be a reason to overclock as I will be doing 90% of programming, graphics, compiling, multitasking, etc. Overclocking is not a necessity in this situation
Goesto11, would you recommend a AMD FX-8350 processor over the i7-3820 ? It has 8 cores.. not 6...
Plus its cheaper
That's a little hard for me to say definitively. In all honesty, I'm not familiar with compiling or programing so I don't know how much processing power is needed for that stuff. Probably not much for programing, but no clue on compiling. Out of curiosity, I did a quick search on some FX-8350 reviews and found this multi-tasking test
. That review also had a a compiling benchmark test
. The FX8350 does beat the I7-3820 in the compiling benchmark, but it's not by much (around 3% if my math works XD). From reading that review along with a couple others, my impression is that the I7-3280 is a better overall CPU, and if you do overclock a little (3.9-4.0Ghz), should be able to beat the FX8350 in almost, if not all, cases despite having two less cores.
Random things you might consider:
(1) How long do you expect to keep the system before upgrading? One advantage of the i7 3280 is as I mentioned above - clear upgrade path for "Ivy Bridge -E" CPUs (Haswell, on the other hand, will NOT work on Ivy Bridge boards. Intel changed the socket
). May not matter now, but doesn't hurt to know that 6 - 9 months or even a year+ from now you can drop in a much faster 22nm six core or even eight core CPU for a significant performance boost. Won't be cheap, but I bet there's another 3280 type offering ($300 or so) offering in the mix. JMO, but I would think at least in terms of CPU processing power, there's more longevity with the i7/x79 chipset.
(2) Does quad channel DRAM (intel x79) offer any advantage for your work now or possibly in the future? In other words, how memory intensive is your work? If you plan to run several Adobe CS applications at the same time, the more memory & memory bandwidth the better I would think.
(3) I am NOT sure about this since it's been a while since I took a hard look at CPUs/chipsets, but I recall that at least initially, there was problems with the x79 and PCI-E 3.0. That may have been fixed by now, but something you might want to investigate just to be sure.
Other than that, probably a good idea to go over some reviews/benchmarks on both CPUs to seen how each performs with the same/similar type of software and tasks you'll be doing. I also suggest you post this question in the forum's CPU section - you might want to list any CPU intensive software you use specifically along with build specs. I'm sure there are plenty of people with much greater knowledge than me about which CPU is better for programing/compiling, etc.