Thread: Phenom II 965 or 940 HELP!
January 20th, 2010, 04:21 PM #1
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Phenom II 965 or 940 HELP!
Going to be buying a new desktop in the next couple days and would like some suggestions. The computer is basically going to be used for graphic editing photo shop cs4, Music production Ableton Live 8 (would like a powerful computer to minimize latency), and my typical 20+ tab firefox or IE browsing with an anti virus in the background. (Would like to have capability of doing all those at the same time)
SO either Phenom 965 or Phenom 940
I have a feeling that both these processors could be overkill but there is some good price points on these now and would like to have a computer that is going to last.
My next question now is I would love a mobo that has on board graphics and HD sound that with the option for me to upgrade to a better video card in the future if needed (not likely). I like the idea of using multiple monitors as well since I have my TV and Monitor right next to each other. Will be playing some hd mkv videos onto my tv as well.
Also will be getting 4gb or ram ddr2 or 3 depending on proccesor
Thank You very much guys all opinions would be appreciated.
January 20th, 2010, 04:42 PM #2
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Well it depends on your budget.. if you feel the extra .4ghz is worth the extra $$$.
Here is a mobo with a VGA and DVI output... I am not sure as to whether you can use both at the same time for different monitors... It takes DDR3 and has expansion for 2 video cards.
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
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January 20th, 2010, 11:54 PM #3
The Hard Drive is very important in a system used for Video/Audio editing/rendering as well. If possible, a separate one for the A/V apps is best, and 32MB cache is essential.
Also, because those A/V files are usually very large, formatting the HD with 64KB Cluster size helps keep the files from being scattered on the HD, thus reducing frag loss of perormance... ( Configure the cluster size of the hard disk partition | Tweak Performance | Smallvoid.com With the cost of 1TB drives at under $100 USD... Amazon.com: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA II, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive WD10000LSRTL - Retail: Electronics it makes lots of sense... Of course YMMV
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