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Feb 01, 2013 16:48 |  #1

I've recently upgrade to LR4 (is it more or does it take much more resources compared to LR3?) and plan to upgrade to CS6 as well. My current PC just can't hack it (waayyy outdated). I've come across what I think may be a good deal on a couple different Desktop PCs. One has a i5 3570 and the other has an AMD FX 8150 processor (being $40 cheaper). Memory on both is upgradable to 32GB so that's not an issue. Both systems have 450watt power supply and are under $600 (tower only). Is this a good price point for them? Between the two, which would be ideal for simultaneously running LR4, CS6, listening to music, and running Firefox? Can either do this?

(Bigger i7 and comparable AMD processors are significantly more expensive)


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Feb 01, 2013 17:17 |  #2

Intel....

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Feb 01, 2013 17:31 as a reply to  @ YP5 Toronto's post |  #3

Thanks so much for the link.


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Feb 01, 2013 17:36 |  #4

various are scores (higher better), some are time to accomplish a task (lower better)

end of day...spend a few more and get the Intel.


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Feb 01, 2013 17:38 |  #5

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Thanks so much for the link. How does their scoring system work? The scores range from 1.03 and into the thousands.

Some of those tests are synthetic like the PCMark test which analyzes various performance characteristics and then assigns a numeric score where bigger is better. If you look under the Benchmark Scores column each is labeled as to what the score is. Some are Score in Time where lower is obviously better and some are other values (like the previously mentioned synthetic score), amount of data processed per second (MB/s), FPS (frames per second, again more is better), etc.

Long story short the Intel pulls ahead on almost everything. Some of those scores may depend on the system more too, so those results aren't a 100% clear answer without knowing the board, RAM and everything else in each test case. That being said Intel is still more or less going to be the better performer albeit usually at a higher price.


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Feb 01, 2013 17:40 as a reply to  @ Colorblinded's post |  #6

For just under $600 would this be a good deal (i5 3470, 12GB memory, 2TB 7200 HD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 1GB, 450 watt power supply)?


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Feb 01, 2013 17:53 |  #7

Looks reasonable.


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Feb 01, 2013 17:54 |  #8

Agreed, reasonable. The video card is basically a throwaway, not sure it'll gain you much over the integrated graphics on the chip for what you'll be using the system for.

It's on par (give or take) with the hardware costs of building it yourself though, so that's good.


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Feb 01, 2013 17:56 as a reply to  @ Colorblinded's post |  #9

thanks again. Does upgrading the video card actually make a difference when it comes to photo editing? I'm not a PC gamer and will only be doing minor video editing.


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Feb 01, 2013 18:12 |  #10

no... simple answer.


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Feb 02, 2013 03:19 |  #11

If it was the new FX-8350, then I'd say AMD, but the previous FX-8100 series was kind of a flop.


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samefly wrote in post #15561782 (external link)
thanks again. Does upgrading the video card actually make a difference when it comes to photo editing? I'm not a PC gamer and will only be doing minor video editing.


Only get a decent card if you are doing a) video editing b) heavy editing which includes 3D Repousse, if neither, then you don't need that much computing power




  
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Feb 02, 2013 17:27 |  #13

thanks again everyone for all the replies. I ended up ordering the PC with the intel chip. Hoping to add more RAM to it soon as well.


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Feb 03, 2013 19:16 |  #14

samefly wrote in post #15561737 (external link)
For just under $600 would this be a good deal (i5 3470, 12GB memory, 2TB 7200 HD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 1GB, 450 watt power supply)?

Forget the video card. I'd go with an i7 Ivy Bridge with HD4000 integrated gpu and put your money into 16 gb of RAM.


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Feb 04, 2013 08:10 |  #15

Video card differences as noted are only going to matter if you're doing video editing work (e.g. Premiere), not for stills.

RAM will make a MAJOR difference up until the entire working set of what you're doing fits into RAM, then it stops mattering as much. It will still be used for buffering I/O which does help but not nearly as much, and this is particularly true if you have a SSD in the machine.

A SSD for programs, cache, scratch space and the OS is also a big performance-booster. But you want one big enough for all of the above; if it's OS and programs only (and cache and scratch are still on rotating media) it will impact boot performance but not operational performance.

For most uses these days the Intel chip is superior to AMD. The exception may be in database applications where AMD still has an edge in certain cost-performance spectra, but that doesn't apply to desktop applications.


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