You shouldn't see a decrease in system performance. Memory speeds show a minimal (to no) gain in speed when it comes to applications. You would see an increase in benchmarks but thats about it. Its a shame you didn't go with intel because there are some microATX server motherboards out there with all the server specs (RAID, dual-LAN, even 64GB RAM if needed). But, if that is all you can do (FM-8350) then you should be fine.
Yeah, I haven't bought the FX 8350 yet. I am attracted to it because of it's 8 cores. To me it is like buying a V8 instead of a v6 or four cylinder.
What intel server board would you recommend for micro ATX that can take a processor with a lot of cores, but still have a slot for putting a contemporary high end video card. I'd like to run 3 to 4 30" monitors, and maybe play some games.
Wait a second, I was doing some quick research, and it seems the FX 8350 isn't even a true 8 core processor. it really has only four cores, but each core is divided into two threads. So it is 8 threaded processor.
Which should I get for Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator, and occasional games? Would I be better with an i7? It seems like from what I am seeing, the i7 is the more powerful processor. The i7 990x is six cores.
But boy is it pricey. The i7 990x is $900 The FX 8350 is only $194. Wow, that is over 4 times the price.
In a microATX, you are going to be limited to one PCIe express port so limited to one video card. If you get a good high-end card you can run three monitor but you will need an adapter for the third one (for the DisplayPort) and you are going to have to do some research if you haven't done it before.
As far as multitasking, the eight cores are great. You said you are not relying on heavy gaming so you should be fine for Photoshop and Illustrator.
AMD is still (and probably always will be) behind Intel in their CPU design and speed but AMD is geared more towards budget (just as you explained). I have been using AMD for quite sometime and I am very happy with it overall (especially the overclocking capabilities) but you can't beat the price if budget is a concern.
Are you planning on using this as a direct server (virtual machines, HDDs, etc.) or just for personal use. I mean, 32GB is plenty for a small server but is a bit of an overkill for personal computing.