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2500k or Bulldozer(4170,6100,8120 etc.)?

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June 19, 2012 9:34:03 AM

At first this may sound like a dumb question at first but, I am a gamer looking at building a pc.

(You may be thinking straight away '2500k FTW!')

But even though my intention is to play games, its not my only intention. I am also wanting to use 3D modelling tools (Blender in particular), do video editing (After effects, Vegas etc.), video encoding, and programming (like a programming language C++,C#, Java, Python etc.).

(Also you may ask why I also said about programming, since a cpu doesn't affect how fast one programmes, but more about the compiling time for projects)


I know the 2500k is the best for gaming, but I wasn't to sure if it was the best for the rest of my intentions.


If anyone could help I would greatly appreciate it :love: 
June 19, 2012 10:49:54 AM

Have a look at these reviews:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/windows-7-hotfix-bulldoze...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4955/the-bulldozer-review...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/FX8150/1.html

http://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/zardon/amd-fx-815...

Its a very mixed bag for the FX series, if most of your applications are highly multi threaded you'd probably be better off going with bulldozer (especially as it's price has dropped like a stone) but you will notice that the 2500K does beat it it some productivity benchmarks and has a much lower power consumption.

In terms of gaming you're not really going to see any difference between the processors as the GPU will be the bottleneck before the CPU, unless you're gettign a super powerful GPU setup.
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June 19, 2012 11:08:54 AM

metal orient said:
In terms of gaming you're not really going to see any difference between the processors as the GPU will be the bottleneck before the CPU, unless you're gettign a super powerful GPU setup



I'm mostly likely going to get the 6870, or if I have more money by the time I go to buy the parts, the 6950. So not exactly a super powerful GPU setup.
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June 19, 2012 11:20:04 AM

get the 2500k or the ivy replacement all the way even at stock clocks it usually beats the fx when overclocked and then you have an easy 1-1.5ghz overclock up your sleeve for future reference if you decide to get a better gpu or things get more intensive. also an ivy will use close to half the power of the likes of an 8150 and i wouldnt be holding your breath for core count and decent threading to help the bulldozers anytime soon games and windows for that matter have a hard time using 4 cores and look how long it took to get that support.
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June 19, 2012 11:42:11 AM





Without OCing it looks close when looking at just video editing/rendering. Once you toss in an OC and/or gaming the 2500k will have an advantage. I would let price be the deciding factor. If you can get to a microcenter you can get a wicked deal on a 2500k/mobo combo.
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June 19, 2012 12:01:21 PM

ewood said:
If you can get to a microcenter you can get a wicked deal on a 2500k/mobo combo.


I currently live in Australia, and I don't think microcenter ship to Aus :'( 
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June 19, 2012 12:39:03 PM

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