I am currently running CS6 on an older home-built system consisting of:
AMD Quad Core 3.2ghz
Lots of drive space, etc.
I am wanting to upgrade my core machine components to something a little faster, but will support 16gb + of RAM
I am thinking of just upgrading the case (something more cooler), Motherboard, CPU and RAM - I have the rest.
a) I am not sure if I should go Intel or AMD?
b) Do I go 4, 6 or 8 cores?
c) 16gb ram is probably fine for now - but I don't want it to be the limit.
d) I have about $600 in my budget
I am looking for some input, thoughts, and even locations to buy?
Intel Core i7 or high end Core i5. You need need at least 4 cores. i7's are hyperthreaded, an advantage for several tasks.
An Intel CPU has "micro code" instructions that are used by PPro... and are not present in an AMD processor... so an Intel is faster
That does, of course, mean you will also need a new motherboard... and that may mean you need all new ram
Read the results at the CS5 Benchmark http://ppbm5.com/ to see what is fast
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