I am looking for a new PC ASAP. The budget range is $1000-$1500. The use is some 3D rendering, audio editing/rendering, video editing/rendering and gaming. I'm leaning towards the i7 3770 because of 3D rendering performance.
I've gone through partpicker and notice that systems other people post/suggest here have better calculated FPS than the parts I pick, even when it looks like "lesser" components (i5 vs i7, for example.)
Please suggest some nice builds. Not needed are monitor, mouse or keyboard.
The current desktop is a core 2 quad 9450 with DDR2 RAM and a Radeon 7770 graphics card (purchased in December). I'd upgrade but the ASUS P5K SE motherboard doesn't support the i7 3770 or DDR3 RAM (I think). If it does please let me know.
As I understand it Xeons are purely work processors, and in many situations such as rendering data, they outperform i7s. However for gaming Xeons lag very far behind. Though the xeon still offers hyper threading, allowing it to use "virtual cores" technically doubling your performance from an i5 in hyperthreaded applications.