FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

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FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by bonjonno » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:12 pm

My system is about 4 years old (except for the ssd boot drive) and I would like to upgrade a bit. I don't game at all and the most intensive thing I use is Photoshop and video editing on Vegas. Which would be a better system cpu- amd's FX-4100 or intel's G840? Or is an i3 worth the extra $50?
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Re: FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by Polairomis » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:41 pm

I would spend the extra $50 to go with the core i3. Spending the extra $50 gets you Hyperthreading which should help a bit in Vegas and Quick Sync which really helps in encoding. Really the only the G840 has going for it is lower power consumption. I would avoid the FX-4100 (and I'm typically an AMD guy). The Bulldozers usually perform worse than the Phenom II's in a lot of non-gaming benchmarks.

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Re: FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by Major_A » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:40 pm

See what you think here...
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/1/

Just curious, what are you current specs?

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Re: FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by bonjonno » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:34 am

Thanks for the comments. I knew about the hyperthreading in i3, but not Quick Sync. Already read the review of the FX-4100 here but was curious because some of the specs look so awesome and some say it outperforms its benchmarks. But would probably be happier with an i3 for the same price.

my current system is a Gigabyte P35 mobo with an E6300 oc'd to 3.6GHz, 2GB PC26400 ram (which is what slows me down), Intel 320 80GB ssd, WD 640GB black caviar and NVidia GT430 vid card. I'm looking to replace the mobo, cpu and RAM. Mine have been pretty solid and show no signs of failing so I'm in no rush, but I can feel a new build coming on. Will likely team an i3 with a Z68 board. I am using W7 32 bit and will likely stay with that unless there's a way to transfer it to 64 bit for free, but I don't think so.

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Re: FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by Apoptosis » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:47 am

Here is a decent deal on a FX-4100 system for Black Friday... This is the system I reviewed here - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1762/1/

The Gamer Ultra 2098 features an AMD FX-Series FX-4100 (3.6GHz) processor; 8GB DDR3 memory; 500GB hard drive; and AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics card to drive the most graphically intense games and multimedia applications. The special price has been slashed from $609 to $459. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6883229285

The parts at newegg cost ~$662.87, so to get this for $459 assembled, installed and shipped for free with no taxes is amazing.
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Re: FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by Major_A » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:00 pm

Is it Cyberpower PC that owns Newegg? Shows it's nice to buy things in lots of 10K.

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Re: FX-4100 or G840 for non gaming Photoshop type rig

Post by omegadraco » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:31 am

Definitely go with the i3 processors. The AMD processor is a gaming processor and Intel has always had higher performance with productivity applications. Of course it is going to cost you a bit more but the time savings will be well worth the cost.

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