A&P Well, the main storage/editing machine died, *OTAP, 2, 3 or 4 core?*

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  1. FindersKeepers

    FindersKeepers New Member

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    My main editing machine died last night while i was playing a game :o

    It's donezo, MB is shot, too old to repair cost effectively (amd 3200xp socket A ha)

    SOOO

    I have my choices down to AMD systems, I can get them cheaper than I can intel parts via our distributers ;)

    Athlon 6400+ X2 3.2ghz - Dual Core
    Phenom 8750 X3 2.4ghz - Triple Core +$70
    Phenom 9850 x4 2.5ghz - Quad Core +$80


    Since this is a multipurpose machine, but mostly used as my storage and editing workhorse I would normally just opt for the 3.2ghz processor.

    However, in OTAPs opinion, would the 4 cores, and less overall speed be more worth it than 2 cores and more overall speed?

    would be running XP Pro with 3gb ram.


    Lets see what OTap thinks :) :bowdown:




    this also cuts into my next lens purchase money :wtc;
     
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    lets start up a group buy

    4 is always better than 3 and 2 btw
     
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    yes but will core > speed?
    Or will speed > core?

    thats my problem :o
     
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    efficiancy > speed
     
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    i'd go with the quad.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    if it's an editing machine, ram > all.

    64 bit architecture with xp/vista 64bit + 16gb of ram > anything else you can put together.
     
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    I'm getting 64 bit XP installed on it this time, dual 500's striped, as well as the backup server pulling my my pictures folder nightly and auto-burning the new ones (providing I remember to set blanks in the dvd drive lol).

    But still I know about ram > *.*
    but I just want to know if I want the efficiency > speed or Speed > efficiency.

    If i have speed + ram = quick on daily tasks, but more chuggy on exports
    But if I have efficiency + ram = fast on exports, but more chuggy on daily

    bahhhhh
     
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    PS I rarely do any more video editing, but once in a while I do


    Most of the current work is lightroom based
     
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    mmm... gotcha. Good looking setup you got there...

    I guess it comes down to personal choice then...

    I'm ok with it taking a little extra time exporting, but if it hiccups for one goddam second during a daily editing task I want to toss it out a fucking window.
     
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    Thats why I dont do it on the laptop 2.2 mobile 1gb ram, its not quite powerful enough lol.


    Since I shoot most non-care things in sraw it goes fairly quick but full raw on the old setup was about 2 minutes per photo :o


    I guess the cost and etc will be deciding factors too :doh: :dunno: i hate building new machines always this fight
     

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