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June 27, 2014 12:57:46 PM

Hi guys,

I'm working on a PC build for my art and I'm just trying to figure out if I can get away with an i5 4690 or if I should go xeon/i7 for hyper threading. I'm a 2D artist and I want to start getting my work out more, especially online, so I need to be able to use all the 2D programs, but I also wanted to screen capture and edit speed paintings and upload them on YouTube and other sites. I might also need to do a little 3D modelling and some 2D/3D animating for school, but I'll have access to school PC's so I don't need mine to be an epic workstation, just complimentary to what I can use at school. I'm on a bit of a budget right now, so is the %30-ish hyperthreading increase really worth the extra $100 if I jump to an i7?

I was comparing the i5 4690 to the i7 4790 in case anyone is wondering, and I'm using Canadian prices.
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June 27, 2014 1:02:09 PM

Hi,

I suggest the core i7 for your needs, if you have the budget.

What programs are you using, see if they use hyper threading. If not the core i5 should go fine.
While the xeon processor would work fine, it server oriented.
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June 27, 2014 1:08:29 PM

It completely depends on what software you'll be using, as they may not utilise Hyper Threading. Regardless the performance difference from the i5-4690 to the i7-4790 is quite significant, then again however you may not notice the difference for your usage.

For most consumers and even gamers, an i5 usually is beyond satisfactory for their needs. If you're not planning to overclock however, you could spend a little more and purchase the Xeon E3-1230 v3 for $285 CA Dollars. The Xeon performs on par with the i7-4770, and is evidently more powerful than your selected i5. The i7-4790 however would provide more performance than the Xeon, but for the price the Xeon exceeds it's expected performance.

Do you have a graphics card by the way? The Xeon E3-1230 v3 does not have integrated graphics, hence you'll require a dedicated GPU to boot.

All the best. :) 
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June 27, 2014 1:10:58 PM

dextermat said:
Hi,

I suggest the core i7 for your needs, if you have the budget.

What programs are you using, see if they use hyper threading. If not the core i5 should go fine.
While the xeon processor would work fine, it server oriented.


For 2D mostly Photoshop and Illustrator which can use hyper threading but I don't think it's necessary for 2D art. For 3D I was looking at Daz Pro Studio and Blender which are both free, and for video editing I was looking at Sony Vegas Pro and Premiere Pro to edit, and either Nvidia shadowplay to capture or a dedicated capture card which I already have. Most of the programs can use hyper threading but if I'm only making one video a day and it's only 20 minutes or so, does it really matter?
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June 27, 2014 1:35:01 PM

From your description, an i5 should be adequate for the task. However if you're planning to produce 4K resolution videos, Hyper Threading (HT) would definitely assist.

You don't actually need a high-end machine for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, nor for Daz Pro Studio, Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro (not sure about Blender however). An i5 would easily handle those software independently with ease; you don't need to spend too much on a machine focused on these software. Although as mentioned, if you're producing 4K video, or are planning to run multiple software at the same time, you will benefit from a quad-core processor with Hyper Threading.

Simply put, an i5 should satisfy your needs. If you have a discrete/dedicated graphics card however, purchasing an Xeon E3-1230 v3 requiring you to stretch your budget a little more should permit you to do whatever you desire with ease. The Xeon as mentioned is similar in performance to the i7-4770, whereby both are quad-core with Hyper Threading (4 cores / 8 threads). The Xeon will provide better performance than the i5 whilst being in the same price range, along with the Xeon performing similar to an i7.

If you're willing to and have a dedicated GPU, I'd stretch for the Xeon E3-1230 v3 otherwise the i5 should be adequate.

All the best. :) 
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June 27, 2014 1:50:14 PM

Obnoxious said:
From your description, an i5 should be adequate for the task. However if you're planning to produce 4K resolution videos, Hyper Threading (HT) would definitely assist.

You don't actually need a high-end machine for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, nor for Daz Pro Studio, Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro (not sure about Blender however). An i5 would easily handle those software independently with ease; you don't need to spend too much on a machine focused on these software. Although as mentioned, if you're producing 4K video, or are planning to run multiple software at the same time, you will benefit from a quad-core processor with Hyper Threading.

Simply put, an i5 should satisfy your needs. If you have a discrete/dedicated graphics card however, purchasing an Xeon E3-1230 v3 requiring you to stretch your budget a little more should permit you to do whatever you desire with ease. The Xeon as mentioned is similar in performance to the i7-4770, whereby both are quad-core with Hyper Threading (4 cores / 8 threads). The Xeon will provide better performance than the i5 whilst being in the same price range, along with the Xeon performing similar to an i7.

If you're willing to and have a dedicated GPU, I'd stretch for the Xeon E3-1230 v3 otherwise the i5 should be adequate.

All the best. :) 


Hi! Sorry I didn't see your post when I replied earlier, must have sent it before I refreshed the page. I do plan to get a dedicated GPU actually, most likely a Nvidia GTX 700 series but maybe a 600 series. Thanks for the advice, I'm going to go and tweak my build a bit more to cut down the cost.

Also I only plan to do 1080p video for now until I get better and have a need to make higher res videos. Right now it's out of my budget.
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