I know that most everyone here is using Intel Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge I7 processors, and I have seen benchmarks that show poor performance for the AMD FX8150, but has anyone tried a machine with the relatively new AMD FX8350?
It has 8 cores, clock speeds are high and can be overclocked.
Any reason why it would not be a good budget performer for a video workstation?
In our PPBM5 Benchmark there is a FX-8350, overclocked to 4.6 GHz and it comes out at rank # 563, only preceded by 562 Intel systems, despite the overclocking. In comparison, my old i7-920 comes out at rank # 49 currently. I believe that says it all.
The reason is that the AMD's all have very limited support for SSE extensions, that are used by PR all the time. AMD either does not support all required extensions or they are implemented in a very slow way. For around the same amount of money you could get an i5-3570K that is also unlocked, can be overclocked and is more than two times faster. Even an i5-3470 is way faster. See rank # 319.
http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM and scroll down a page or two for 3 price/performance level computers for Premiere Pro... these are, of course, MY ideas about what to build, if I was building a new computer for myself... YOUR ideas may wind up being different