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June 10, 2010 11:00:51 AM

Hey guys what do you guys think is the best value for money CPU for Protools and Premier work...

Phenom II x6 core 1055T

or

Intel CORE i5 750

any other recommendations are welcome.
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June 10, 2010 11:39:37 AM

The 1055T.. Although the i5 750 might match it every now and then (depending on the app), the 1055T will have more headroom as apps grow more core dependent..
June 10, 2010 12:00:16 PM

Thanks emperus, the other consideration is motherboard issues. I have heard that the 1156 socket has throughput issues that the AM3 boards don't. What AMS boards you recommend for the 1055t?
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June 10, 2010 6:30:46 PM

What issues do you speak of?

The main downer about 1156 is its lack of pcie lanes. The best you can get is 16x/4x and 8x/8x/4x. Keep in mind however that a 5870 only loses 2% frames average from an 8x slot. This should be irrelevant to you though. :) 

For an encoding system i'd take a look at my apps. If you can use the 6 cores the 1055T is definitely worth it. If not the i5 is going to be faster by a significant margin.
June 11, 2010 12:37:22 AM

Damn there is never a clear cut winner in the same price range huh and yep the pcie lanes are what i was getting at. Premier cs4 and cs5 moreso take full advantage of multiple cores, but protools is stuck in the dark ages. Many people are still using 10 year old athlon 64's as they seem to provide the most stable system, however are just to slow to do anything else.
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June 11, 2010 3:10:23 AM

It all comes down to the platform discussion which is getting somewhat boring nowadays.. The AM3 platform seems to've a better future than the LGA 1156 (may be even the 1366).. You are bound to get better releases on the AM3 socket and moreover, the overall platform cost seems to be lower for the performance they provide.. While i say this, I'll recommend you pick a motherboard from the recent 8XX chipset series if you plan on getting the 1055T..
June 11, 2010 6:55:12 AM

thanks for the advice mate
June 14, 2010 8:36:21 AM

Sorry forgot to mention i would like a motherboard that supports Nvidia SLI, any recommendations? Or do you think i'm better not worrying about upgrading to dual GPUs in the future?
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June 14, 2010 8:17:24 PM

metallifux said:
Sorry forgot to mention i would like a motherboard that supports Nvidia SLI, any recommendations? Or do you think i'm better not worrying about upgrading to dual GPUs in the future?


Am personally not much a dual GPU fan so i can't comment on that for you.. However, there are cards available such as 5970 which give you dual GPU advantage in a single card..
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