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September 28, 2013 10:58:17 AM

Hey guys,

So I'm going to be building my first PC soon next year, mainly for HD video editing and some gaming. I know that programs like Premier benefit from more cores, but would an octo-core from AMD be better than the i7 4770k? I'm not really to bothered about FPS, just as long as playback is somewhat smooth and games are playable. ATM, I'm thinking about the GTX 760 by Asus, how would this perform with both and what would be better with both?
Thanks in advance,
Dan

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September 28, 2013 11:03:07 AM
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No, the 8350 is not comparable to the i7. Less pricey, yes. But not as powerful at all. So if you want better/faster processing, go with i7.

The 770 would be an excellent choice for this usage.

Also make sure you manually enable Mercury Playback Acceleration for Premiere. This will allow Adobe to tap into the Nvidia GPUs CUDA cores to speed things up even more. See this post for details: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1810314/adobe-pr...

Cheers!
September 28, 2013 11:05:45 AM

What about the FX 9590?
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September 28, 2013 11:06:19 AM

i would go for the i7
September 28, 2013 11:11:50 AM

Thanks very much ACTechy, will think about that. And Jinayhvora why the i7?
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September 28, 2013 11:11:52 AM

Ironically, the FX-9590 is even less comparable to the 4770k than the 8350. It costs more, still does less, and can barely be overclocked.
September 28, 2013 11:13:35 AM

OK, so looking like the i7 is definitely the better choice :) 
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September 28, 2013 11:13:46 AM

Dan_Fielding said:
What about the FX 9590?


Unfortunately for us, there's no AMD processor that stacks up to an i7.
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September 28, 2013 11:16:23 AM

Xeon E3 is is better value. i7 performance at 100 dollars less
September 28, 2013 11:19:38 AM

I really tried to justify getting the AMD FX8350 but in the end went with the i7 4770k with no regrets. This CPU is a beast! I couldn't get over how the 8350 performed in single threaded applications compared to the 4770k. I just built my system a bit over a week and have only dabbled in Premiere, I was using final cut express previously. So far I like what I see, again no regrets and money well spent. At stock speeds it performs very well, but I have mine overclocked to a stable 4.3Ghz with air cooler.

As for gaming, I'm not much of a gamer but got a Sapphire 7850 that was on sale with 2 free games and the i7 got me another free game. Playing Far Cry 3, Sniper Elite and Final Fantasy XIV have been awesome with my set up, I can imagine the GTX760 being even better.

Just do it, you won't regret it!
September 28, 2013 11:31:20 AM

Thanks for all your replies, but the Xeon processors were kinda lingering in my mind. My dad has got the Mac Pro, and that uses a Xeon and it is a beast! What do you guys think, Xeon or i7? And thanks DMinion, really gave me confidence in the Intel route :D 
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September 28, 2013 11:42:07 AM

Dan_Fielding said:
Thanks for all your replies, but the Xeon processors were kinda lingering in my mind. My dad has got the Mac Pro, and that uses a Xeon and it is a beast! What do you guys think, Xeon or i7? And thanks DMinion, really gave me confidence in the Intel route :D 


I'd still go i7-4770k. Overclockability makes it a better performing CPU; I think I've seen stuff on the webs about i7-4770k being better even at stock. Just my opinion.
September 28, 2013 12:00:37 PM

Yeah, Am going to go for the i7. Thanks everybody for your help!
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September 28, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Dan_Fielding said:
Yeah, Am going to go for the i7. Thanks everybody for your help!


Jealous. Good luck!
September 28, 2013 12:35:50 PM

Dan_Fielding said:
Thanks for all your replies, but the Xeon processors were kinda lingering in my mind. My dad has got the Mac Pro, and that uses a Xeon and it is a beast! What do you guys think, Xeon or i7? And thanks DMinion, really gave me confidence in the Intel route :D 


No worries man, just be aware that Haswell chips do run hot, as mentioned I have mine overclocked to 4.3Ghz with 1.275 volts with a Hyper Evo 212 which is more than enough for me. Idle temps go from 28-32c and under stress testing can go 65-67c. for an air cooler it's pretty darn good IMO as I would never stress my computer that much.

I haven't found a good formula to go any higher but I'm sure I'm limited with the Hyper Evo212, I'm sure if I went with a water cooler I could get 4.6Ghz. I'll probably go that route down the road.

Just wanted to point that out if you plan on aggressive overclocks.

Have fun and would love to hear your progress!

September 28, 2013 2:39:01 PM

Thanks, will do! So far. I'm planning to use the H100i and overclock, so maybe you could help me out at then?
September 29, 2013 11:33:04 AM

Dan_Fielding said:
Thanks, will do! So far. I'm planning to use the H100i and overclock, so maybe you could help me out at then?


Sure dude, but I'm no expert, still new to all this but have read a lot of stuff. I'm sure the good folks of TH will give better advice, but I can try :) 

September 29, 2013 2:07:45 PM

Thanks for everybody's help with this! Really helped alot :) 
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