I'm looking for parts for a computer for someone who would be using it for everyday use, Adobe Photoshop, and not to mention (if it even matters) that they aren't very good with turning off the PC at night (and they have a dusty house). Now my first choices were a 7750 + 3770 which would cost too much for the budget. So I'm thinking about using a quad core APU. The problem is that I'm not sure if it's fast enough particularly for Adobe Photoshop. I'm not asking about 7750 + 3770 vs a APU, I'm asking if anyone knows if an APU is fast enough. Also does anyone know how fast is a 3GHz quad core Piledriver vs a 3GHz quad core Ivy Bridge?
for someone using Adobe for professional use or just for amateur photo shop? A quad core APU is plenty fast for Adobe, lots of people run it on dual cores ( my girlfriend ran it on a phenom II x2/ATI 5570 just fine). I built an Athlon II x4/AMD 4200 (basically the same CPU performance as a quad APU) rig that runs it just fine. If it's for professional use you may want to step up to an intel i5