Originally Posted by WannaBeOCer
It''s his career, all he will be using it for is video editing and exporting.
If that's the case I would think he could justify getting a Xeon then. I am not familiar with the software so I don't know if it's optimized for a lot of cores, higher speeds, or newer instruction sets, (or all of the above) so keep that in mind...
My first choice if he wants to keep costs down is he could spring for an older dual CPU platform. A pair of e5-2670 8-core xeons should smoke that Haswell (and probably most x99 systems too), and they're around $150 per pair used. He could go newer of course, but the price can get prohibitive rather quickly. Downside is most dual cpu boards are large (though there are some ATX out there) and he might need a new PSU if his doesn't have a pair of EPS cables on it already. There are still some upgrades out there if he needed more power down the line, but of course it's going to be more limited than new hardware.
Could save a little on newer hardware by going for ES Xeons on ebay. An e5-2683 v4 ES has low speed but 16 cores and could be upgraded someday, and he could use two of those too. Kind of a crapshoot on that though, it'd probably be better to stay away from engineering samples since it's his job.
Ideally, he would just build a brand new Xeon workstation. That'll be a few grand even at the low end though.
Edit: Fixed priceEdited by technodanvan - 8/24/16 at 12:39pm