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Best core2quad processor for digital photography

Hi, My uncle is upgrading his pc from a pentium d to core2quad. His mobo is Asus p5q vm. Use of this upgrade is mainly for coral draw and Adobe master suite particularly Photoshop,premier and flash. He is not a gamer. but loves to play. I am suggested him a q9650 cpu. any better ideas please fire it.
his rig specs are

P5Q-VM board socket 775
Ram Kingston 800mhz 8gb(4x2) ddr2
Seagate 1tb hdd
zalman inps x10
22 inch led based monitor
Processor = ????

and choices are

1) Must be quad core processor
2) Price between $150 to $300
3) A good overclocker
4) Processor must be Socket 775
5) dont suggest a sandy bridge because he bought that mobo yesterday. his old mobo is asrock g41m-vs2

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  1. If you are gonna be paying 300, you can get a new motherboard and a 2500k as well for 300... 360 with 16gb ddr3.

    See if he can return the motherboard he just got (even with a restocking fee). Its best to just move on instead of paying hundreds on slower older cpu.
  2. unless he's paid by the minute, any of the c2Q's will be ok, the biggest one you can go for, or the one that most affordable.
  3. If your uncle just bought the motherboard yesterday, then he should return it for a refund.

    At this point in time you can build a system around the older Core 2 Quad CPU and a current Core i5 CPU for about the same price. The difference is that a 2nd generation Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPU has about 20% more processing power than a Core 2 Quad.

    I propose the following components:

    Core i5 2500k = $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    MSI P67S-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 motherboard = $77 (after rebate) + $8 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130576

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) RAM = $38
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095


    Total cost = $342 (after rebate)

    At stock speed the i5-2500k should be equivalent to a Q9650 clocked at 3.9GHz - 4.0GHz on average (excluding Turbo Boost). The i5-2500k can be easily overclocked with a P67 chipset motherboard, however OC'ing is not recommended with the stock heatsink.
  4. jaguarskx said:
    If your uncle just bought the motherboard yesterday, then he should return it for a refund.

    At this point in time you can build a system around the older Core 2 Quad CPU and a current Core i5 CPU for about the same price. The difference is that a 2nd generation Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPU has about 20% more processing power than a Core 2 Quad.

    I propose the following components:

    Core i5 2500k = $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    MSI P67S-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 motherboard = $77 (after rebate) + $8 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130576

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) RAM = $38
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095


    Total cost = $342 (after rebate)

    At stock speed the i5-2500k should be equivalent to a Q9650 clocked at 3.9GHz - 4.0GHz on average (excluding Turbo Boost). The i5-2500k can be easily overclocked with a P67 chipset motherboard, however OC'ing is not recommended with the stock heatsink.


    Actually http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 i5 180 (in store) So thats 302$ :P
  5. Only if you live near a Microcenter. Does no good if you live in Seattle, Washington for example.
  6. Tell your uncle to return that motherboard right now! And spend that money for a i5-2500k and a 1155 board immediatly! For the same price you could get a cpu that outperforms any c2qd cpu and has great overclocking abilities. Also photoshop and adobe applications are gpu accelerated so you might want to see if he can get a gpu for that.
  7. thank you all for a quick reply, I am pushed him to buy i5-2500k, and he bought it. actually i first suggested him i5 before he purchase the p5q board, but he refused, after i shown him anandtech cpu bench he realised and bought it,we returned the p5q board with return charges ,

    now we have another problem of chosing right mobo, I suggested him a z68 board price tag between $100 to $170 preferences are in this thread,

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/302278-30-best-budget-mother-board-2500k

    every reply will help more than u think.
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  9. Best answer selected by vdr369.
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