by slow235comp - 12/15/12 5:58 PM
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consider a small 128GB-ish SSD drive for OS + programs to make thngs quicker and more stable, if you need more storage, then add a HDD mechanical drive you might already have or use an external. If you uncompress HD video to edit/render (which isn't really nesesasry), then you will need tons of storage like a 1Tb mechanical to sort of buffer all that info temporarily. Consider an overclockable CPU such as the intels that end in 'K' or the XEONs ( basically 3rd gen i7 power for less money minus the built-in HD4000 GPU if you're going to get an add-on GPU anyway). For around $650 after tax and shipping, if you get a cheap case, you can get a nice intel i5-3570k system with an SSD and Windows 7/8 if you don't have that already. You don't need Windows premium ($30 more) if you don't need more than 16GB RAM, which is for really high-end programs. Gaming almost never needs more than 8GB. If you want gaming, they say the i5-3570k is better than AMD FX-8350, but if you google those two together, you'll find it matters more about GPU and some games are better with the AMD, so it depends which games you might want to play. The AMD FX-8350 is better than the i5-3570k for multithreaded programs like music production software if you want that and maybe better for HD video editing. Either way, around $650 you can build a nice system around either of those CPUs. Make sure you get a decent certefied PSU, but if you ask glc, he'll make sure to get you one.
games playable with with built-in Intel HD4000/25000 graphics:
HD video play/editing depends on CPU more than GPU.
DAW music production software benchmarks:
"Those are PassMark benchmark scores. PassMark is a benchmarking software which runs the CPU through many stress tests like read/write operations, math calculations, and graphics processing. People who run PassMark can submit the score they got with their processor so those charts are showing the average submitted scores for each processor. I wouldn't read into the overclocked processor charts much because they include mild overclocks as well as extreme overclocks, and there's no way to know how overclocked the processor was when it got the given score. If you really want to see specific scores, you can click a processor from the list and it will show the last 5 submitted scores along with information like RAM, measured speed, hard drive, graphics card, etc."
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