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Photoshop CS6 build - best CPU to build around.

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So I'm helping a buddy put together a build specifically for Photoshop CS6. His budget is around $1000 (not including the monitor). With that in mind, I'm trying to decide the best CPU to build around. Now, I don't have any experience with Photoshop at all so I'm trying to get more info before I commit to any hardware choices. From what I've found it looks like Photoshop isn't a highly threaded program - most say it runs great with a quad core. Also, it looks like Photoshop can use the GPU for Open GL acceleration when applying filters (if I got any of this wrong, please let me know smile.gif )

My buddy's got no interest in overclocking, so I was thinking maybe just getting an Intel i5-4570. But OTOH, the AMD A10-7850K has a similar price and more powerful integrated GPU...it piqued my interest assuming the GPU can be utilized in Photoshop. Or is it better to just try and work a low-end discrete video card into the build? I'm having a tough time finding benchmarks comparing these CPUs in Photoshop applications so any help anyone can offer is much appreciated! Will either of the CPU's do the job well? Are the iGPU's supported or even worth it in Photoshop? Is a discrete GPU worth the cost for GPU acceleration (assuming it's used in Photoshop)?
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I would opt for the i5, photoshop benefits from the higher IPC. Just pair that with maybe a 6670 for the Open GL thumb.gif Photoshop benefits much from large amounts of memory, so I would get 8-16gbs if you can.
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

S I'm having a tough time finding benchmarks comparing these CPUs in Photoshop applications so any help anyone can offer is much appreciated!

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2013/-33-Adobe-Photoshop-CS-6,3169.html

CS4 but should show similar scaling
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/25

Here are some GPU benchmarks which show there is a platuea in price/performance.
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Photoshop-CS6-GPU-Acceleration-161/

Below are all of the GPU accelerated features in photoshop. If your friend uses any of the heavily I would look up a specfic benchmark and see if there are good gains from a gpu upgrade and purchase accordingly.
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GPU-enhanced features added in Photoshop CS6

Adaptive Wide Angle Filter (compatible video card required)
Liquify (accelerated with compatible video card with 512 MB of VRAM)
Oil Paint (compatible video card required)
Warp and Puppet Warp (accelerated with compatible video card)
Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt/Shift (accelerated with compatible video card supporting OpenCL)
Lighting Effects Gallery (compatible video card required with 512 MB
of VRAM)
New 3D enhancements (3D features in Photoshop require a compatible video card with 512 MB of VRAM):
Draggable Shadows
Ground plane reflections
Roughness
On-canvas user interface controls
Ground plane
Light widgets on edge of canvas
IBL (image-based light) controller
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GPU features added in previous versions Photoshop

Scrubby Zoom. See Zoom continuously in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Heads Up Display (HUD) color picker. See Choose a color while painting in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Color sampling ring. See Choose colors with the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Brush dynamic resize and hardness control. See Resize or change hardness of cursors by dragging in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Bristle Brush tip previews. See Bristle tip shape options in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Rule of thirds crop grid overlay. See Crop images in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Zoom enhancements. Smooth display at all zoom levels and temporary zoom. See Zoom continuously and Temporarily zoom an image.
Animated transitions for one-stop zoom. Press Ctrl+Plus Sign (Windows) or Command+Plus Sign to zoom, and the image animates slightly between zoom levels. The zoom can be subtle.
Flick-panning. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences (Mac OS). In the General panel, select Enable Flick Panning. Then, select the Hand tool and click-flick the image, like a flick gesture on an iPhone. The image glides smoothly to the new position.
Rotate the canvas. See Use the Rotate View tool in Photoshop CS5 Help.
View nonsquare pixel images. See Adjust pixel aspect ratio in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Pixel grid. A pixel grid appears when zooming in more than 500% on an image. See Hide the pixel grid in Photoshop CS5 Help.
Adobe Color Engine (ACE). Color conversions are faster because the GPU handles the processing instead of the CPU.
Draw Brush tip cursors. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences (Mac OS). In the Cursors panel, choose a Brush Preview color. Then, when you interactively adjust the size or hardness of the Brush tool, the preview color displays the change in real time.  See Resize or change hardness of cursors by dragging in Photoshop CS6 Help.

Here is a good read from adobe, some hardware info but some good setup info for once its built.
https://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2012/10/how-to-tune-photoshop-cs6-for-peak-performance.html
Edited by silvrr - 3/25/14 at 1:48pm
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Originally Posted by LordOfTots View Post

I would opt for the i5, photoshop benefits from the higher IPC. Just pair that with maybe a 6670 for the Open GL thumb.gif Photoshop benefits much from large amounts of memory, so I would get 8-16gbs if you can.

Thanks for the reply. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by silvrr View Post

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2013/-33-Adobe-Photoshop-CS-6,3169.html

CS4 but should show similar scaling
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/25

Here are some GPU benchmarks which show there is a platuea in price/performance.
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Photoshop-CS6-GPU-Acceleration-161/

Below are all of the GPU accelerated features in photoshop. If your friend uses any of the heavily I would look up a specfic benchmark and see if there are good gains from a gpu upgrade and purchase accordingly.

Thanks for this, very helpful! thumb.gif
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I'm in the same boat.i read on amd site the a10 apu are good for cs6 I hav a grand to build a cs6 computer I was gonna go for an i7 4770k but I'm an amd user for decades.they hav a good deal on tigerdirect for around 600 for a 9370 with h100 I case 750 psu 8gb 1600 1 tb.the only thing left is the guy and ssd and another 16gb.help me out there.is intel or amd good for basic cs6.or I'll just build a powerhouse all around computer
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