Best Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme for Photography Editing

Hi there,

I was just wondering if someone could recommend what Core 2 Duo processor works best with photo editing and some light video editing. I'm building a PC for someone as a gift that does a lot of that and was curious as to which processor would be best. I know that the new quad core processors are ideal, but like most, I have to remain on a budget and would like the best that I could get for my money and specifically editing.

Thank you!
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  1. You'd get more bang for your buck from a slightly overclocked i7 920 than downing $1000 dollars into an outdated core 2 extreme processor.
  2. Well if you are trying to remain on a budget than why even mention Core 2 Extreme? You're paying for a darker label and an unlocked multiplier. We need to know your actual budget.
  3. My current budget for a CPU is about $160 and under.
  4. I assume USD. In that case Core 2 Extreme is way, way outside your budget.

    There's this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055

    and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115059

    I'm not sure how much cache is important to video editing/transcoding. If it's important then those two options aren't really the best because they have reduced amounts of cache.
  5. Kairukun88 said:
    Hi there,

    I was just wondering if someone could recommend what Core 2 Duo processor works best with photo editing and some light video editing. I'm building a PC for someone as a gift that does a lot of that and was curious as to which processor would be best. I know that the new quad core processors are ideal, but like most, I have to remain on a budget and would like the best that I could get for my money and specifically editing.

    Thank you!


    What specific software?
  6. WIth a $160 budget, the best CPU for photo editing is the e8400.
  7. doesn't editing benefit from multiple cores? that I'd surely go for Quad core... maybe Phenom 2 810 oder Intel core2q 8200?
  8. It will benefit more if you get a E8400 and spend your money on a SSD drive. Most of the time the bottleneck, after your E8400, will be the storage.

    What software are you using? This may dictate whether a Quad be better than a Duo
  9. Using Photoshop Elements 3.0
  10. Phenom 720BE / Asus 790GX AM3: $210 AR

    Quite similar to the e8400 in PS performance. The extra core of the 720BE will provide a boost in the "light video editing". The Phenom 810 would be a great overall deal (if it restocks in the next few days) if the user utilizes plugins or filters that will run across 4 cores.

    With the extra $$$ saved buy a second HD for a scratch/capture drive, or maybe 2 extra Gb of RAMs.

    If you already have your s775 mobo go for the e8400.
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