Originally Posted by Vengeance0058
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