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Hello all, I'm looking to build a new PC that will mostly be for photo editing and light gaming / video editing. I've been trying to decide on CPU/MB socket that will offer me performance to last for awhile but also be up-gradable for the future. My first inclination was the FX8350, but I've heard the AM3+ socket may be on its way out and the best path to go is the Intel 1150 socket because of the upcoming Haswell Refresh and Broadwell. Mainly been leaning towards the i5 4670k. Any thoughts or suggestions?
post #2 of 21
Get what works best for you now and not worry about the future to much. What is your budget?
post #3 of 21
i5 4670K is about best bang for buck
If you want to save some $$ get the Biostar z87 board.
 
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All AMD cpus are cheaper and allow you to spend more for other components
BUT...............

Intel cpus perform better in single thread anything(although editing will benefit from multiple cores/threads, they also perform better with any memory when compared to AMD cpus because of having a far superior memory controller, etc.

The 4670k will most definitely be more future proof because you won't have to "hold back" on any component due to bottlenecking

Correct me If I'm wrong..
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I would suggest the intel route as well but would go ahead and get the 4770k for a little more future proof. I think its worth the extra $100 to have the HT, especially as some developers are finally starting to code more effectively for more threads.
   
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I wouldn't be concerned with attempting to 'future proof' the system, based on the fact that socket/chipsets usually last about 3 years at best. Even with socket 1150, I don't expect that to have a long lifespan since I havent heard any plans to add DDR4 support to that chipset. It's been my experience that if you are buying a mid-high end CPU there won't ever be a worthy successor released on that socket. If your initial purchase was going to be an FX-4300 or Pentium / i3 then upgrading might be more likely. Buy the best you can afford now, and it will last you until the next complete rebuild or atleast motherboard/cpu/ram combo upgrade.
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If you want to have upgrade options in the future you should wait until Z97 boards come out next month. Those should support current haswell, haswell refresh and broadwell.
 
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If you want to have upgrade options in the future you should wait until Z97 boards come out next month. Those should support current haswell, haswell refresh and broadwell.

^ this but if you need more cores wait for X99 LGA2011-3 and DDR4.
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If you want to have upgrade options in the future you should wait until Z97 boards come out next month. Those should support current haswell, haswell refresh and broadwell.

This.

The FX-8350 would probably serve you well, but it's on a dead-end platform. It's very unlikely there will ever be anything new released for AM3+. Vishera and the 9-series chipset are the end of the line, and it's hard for me to recommend anyone invest in it if they're starting from scratch. The 8350 makes a lot of sense as an upgrade from Phenom II, Bulldozer or a slower Vishera if you're already invested in AM3+, especially for photo and video editing. But otherwise, you're way better off waiting just a little longer for the Haswell refresh stuff from Intel.
     
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Hello all, I'm looking to build a new PC that will mostly be for photo editing and light gaming / video editing. I've been trying to decide on CPU/MB socket that will offer me performance to last for awhile but also be up-gradable for the future. My first inclination was the FX8350, but I've heard the AM3+ socket may be on its way out and the best path to go is the Intel 1150 socket because of the upcoming Haswell Refresh and Broadwell. Mainly been leaning towards the i5 4670k. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Photo editing in Photoshop and Gimp is still very dependent on single threaded performance. Even the openCL/CUDA accelerated functions in PS are bottle-necked by single threaded performance at the CPU. The i5-4670K generally runs photoshop up to 80% faster than an equally clocked FX chip. Even in the filters that are optimized for parallelism, the i5-4670K will typically match the FX-8350. There's a reason the i5 costs a bit more, it performs better in most real world workloads, sometimes by wide margins.

That said, I would also recommend looking at the E3-1230V3 or waiting for the haswell refresh and seeing how things pan out.

The E3 would offer the same performance in parallel workloads as the overclocked i5, but without the overclock. up to ~20% slower than the overclocked i5 in lightly threaded workloads. When you factor in that the E3 can run on the stock cooler just fine (and pretty quietly to boot), it can be about the same cost to implement as a modestly overclocked FX-8350, but offers up to ~40% better performance in lightly threaded workloads and comparable performance in highly parallel workloads while using about 1/3rd the power under full load.
Edited by mdocod - 4/17/14 at 5:45pm
     
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