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Best i7 CPU for Workstation? (4 vs 6 core)

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February 19, 2012 11:40:56 PM

Generally using the computer for Adobe Photoshop CS5.5, Visual Studio, SQL Server, and an instance of VMWare as well. Also usually have Microsoft office apps and Firefox (with a boatload of tabs) open. Dual monitor setup. Not really for gaming.

Usually get a new computer every 3-4 years, so I want it to last. Don't mind overpaying, but not unnecessarily.

Trying to decide between:

i7 3820 Processor (4x 3.60GHz/10MB L3 Cache) w/ 32 GB RAM Memory (base)
i7 980 Processor (6x 3.33GHz/12MB L3 Cache) w/ 24 GB RAM Memory +$300
i7 3930K Processor (6x 3.20GHz/12MB L3 Cache) w/ 32 GB RAM Memory +$350*
i7 3960X Processor (6x 3.30GHz/15MB L3 Cache) w/ 32 GB RAM Memory +$700

* Not available yet until later in March, not sure if I can wait for it.

The rest of the system will be configured essentially the same except a different motherboard to support the Sandy Bridge for all but the 980.

Guess my main question is between 4 vs 6 cores, and if it is worth to jump up to the 3960X? I'm thinking of going with the 3820 right now. Any insights would be appreciated...

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February 20, 2012 3:02:30 PM

In my opinion no it's not worth it,but it is an improvement to upgrade to the 6 core
Personally I'd wait for Haswell to upgrade if you already have a 2500k or a 2600k
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February 20, 2012 6:52:42 PM

I think you'd get more out of a i7-2700K with some mild overclocking.

Some of what you mention for a workload is more I/O bound so put the savings towards a RAID 10 array.
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