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Best AMD Processor for Video Editing & Rendering

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August 4, 2012 6:10:33 AM

I'm trying to find a great upgrade from my current AMD Phenom II X4 processor which will primarily be used for video editing, rendering, and encoding in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas.

I am willing to spend up to $250, but I'd prefer to spend from $100-$200. What is a worthwhile upgrade from my current AMD processor? Also, I shouldn't bother upgrading the RAM from its current 8GB, right?
a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 7:08:10 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=434

The 8150 is better for encoding in most cases but its not worth the price considering youll only get a little extra performance. For Encoding you would be best saving for an Ivy bridge i7.

RAM is everything when it comes to video editing, definitely throw in another 8gb, no more though on that processor.

I would just stick with the one youve got at the moment, It works well for editing and encoding. Make sure youve got Multi core rendering enabled in the settings of the program you are using too.
a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 5:16:38 PM

If your video editing/rendering, that is where the FX-8120/50 actually does vary well, Also giving you room to surf the net where the i7 may struggle to multi-task if its getting taxed out trying to do multiple things at once.

Btw, what Mobo are you using? Probably be cheaper to get the 8120/50 and pop it in after a bios update if you have an AM3+ board.

I have the Phenom II x6 1100T 4.2ghz and Sony Vegas will use 90% of my CPU, and using 7.8GB of 8GB or my ram (think that partly why wit wont go to 100% CPU usage). Ram is vary important rendering and editing video, I need more Ram for that, but I would hate to get more ram and hinder my Overclock.
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August 4, 2012 6:51:13 PM

My system info--

Windows 7
8GB Installed RAM
AMD Phenom II X4 820 Processor, 2800 Mhz, 4 Cores, 4 Logical Processors
x64-Based
August 4, 2012 6:59:25 PM

Would the addition of the FX-8120/50 and an additional 4-8 GB of RAM suffice?
a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 7:24:01 PM

Youll definitely notice an improvement, but wether or not its worth it is up to you. What motherboard do you have?
August 4, 2012 7:36:01 PM

Item Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
System Manufacturer HP-Pavilion
System Model AY748AA-ABA p6320y
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 820 Processor, 2800 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 5.13, 11/12/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.75 GB
Available Physical Memory 5.73 GB
Total Virtual Memory 15.5 GB
Available Virtual Memory 12.4 GB
Page File Space 7.75 GB
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