I'm looking to upgrade my PC for better work with Lightroom 4 v4.3 and Lightroom 5, whenever it launches. I'm shooting only uncompressed 16-bit Nikon D700 RAW's. I'm not making a living out of photography, but it's my biggest passion and I'm looking to make an investment that would close this tech circle I'm into right now. I have an old system that can't keep up with Lightroom 4, to the point that it has become frustrating to edit.
I'm gonna be using parts from my old PC:
Case: Antec 300 with 2 front Scythe Slip Stream 1200RPM vents
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Loki SD963
HDD: Western Digital 320GB SATA-II with 7200rpm & 16MB buffer
Monitor: Dell U2412M
GPU: LeadTek GeForce PX9600GT
I was gonna go for an i7 3770 & and H77 Chipset Mobo at first. But after talking with some IT guys, it came to question whether I really need and i7, as I can go for the much cheaper i5 3570k, overclock it and save some money. So I found a good Z77 MoBo with 4 Sata III's, but the build ended up at aprox. the same cost. Well let's say that I've invested in a better SSD (I wanted the 128GB Samsung 840, but I wasn't convinced to buy it) and spare SATA III's for future storage solutions.
Some say that hyper-threading in the i7 makes a real difference, but there are others who claim that Lightroom wants bigger clock speeds, not cores. I've also been told that unless I need some heavy-duty rendering or video work done, I'll be just fine with the i5.
I'm curious to see if there's a myth here that needs debunking. So does anyone know how much bang for the buck can the i7 deliver vs. the i5 3570k in Lightroom 4?