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Best processor besides core i7 for CPU intensive programs

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January 23, 2010 4:07:57 AM

Hello,
I have been searching in the forums for advice on CPU for video editing/programming/ripping/graphics editing, etc and the consensus is Core i7's but I cant afford that right now. Would one of the Core i5 series or Phenom II X4 965 would be the next best thing?
January 23, 2010 4:13:42 AM

Core i5 all the way
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January 23, 2010 5:18:01 AM

Next step down would be the i5 and the phenom II 955/965. If those are still to costly you could go down to the lower clocked phenom IIs. Below that is the athlon II x4 quad core.
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January 23, 2010 8:49:55 PM

the i7 is about 50% faster than the Phen II x4 for heavily multi-threaded apps
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January 23, 2010 9:30:20 PM

Kewlx25 said:
the i7 is about 50% faster than the Phen II x4 for heavily multi-threaded apps


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January 23, 2010 9:50:03 PM

i said "heavily" multi threaded apps for a reason... not games.

you should see the i7 vs AMD on server end apps where there's tons of multi-threading. it gets wasted.
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January 23, 2010 11:05:51 PM

hi
as far as i know if u want to buy a cpu for work other than gaming, and no core i7 then go for a xeon. i think it will work just fine for your tasks. hope i helped
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January 24, 2010 2:42:45 AM

cant beat intel for video work . AMD tries but its just not ballzee enough
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January 24, 2010 11:13:47 PM

lordszone said:
hi
as far as i know if u want to buy a cpu for work other than gaming, and no core i7 then go for a xeon. i think it will work just fine for your tasks. hope i helped


Which Xeon do you suggest? Something like Xeon X3440 Lynnfield 2.53GHz?
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