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AMD 64 or Pentium 4 for digital imaging work?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by SanduneCC, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. SanduneCC

    SanduneCC Senior Member

    Sep 10, 2001
    Boondocks, USA
    I'm itching to build my next super duper computator for digital photography (photoshop) work. Which is more better, an AMD Athlon 64 3500 (socket 939) or a Pentium 4 3C (socket 478)? Another alternative is Dual Xeon 2.8 which should cost me a bit more. What's your recommendation?

    Tentative layout is:

    AMD 64 3500 with MSI Neo2 Platinum
    2x1G of Corsair Value or Geil Ultra Value DDR PC3200


    P4 3C with Asus P4C800-E Deluxe or Abit IC7-G MaxII
    2x1G of Corsair Value or Geil Ultra Value DDR PC3200


    Dual Xeon 2.8 533 with Asus PC-DL
    2x1G of DDR PC2700
  2. Hailstorm

    Hailstorm Boom Shacka

    Jan 7, 2002
    Canton Mi
    Well, I can only say from my own PC that i built. I have a ASUS P4P800 . Then a 2.6C HT . The nice thing about that combo is. I can overclock to 3.4 if I wish. I play Half Life2 and it hates over clocking. SO I am setting at just over 3.0 at the moment. As for RAM, just make sure you have quality stuff. I am using Kingston Hyper X PC4000. I know its not the best for OC'ing. But t has a lifetime warrenty and it runs well for me. As for a differnece between AMD and Intel. Well. Intel actually puts money into training and getting the word out about there PCU's. AMD, you have to look for info. I mean if you go a retailer to choose a PC. I have never seen AMD info around. Its aways Intel. That beening said. Both will do the job for you. I prefer Intel. Why? Well. The AMD 64 bit system is good and all. But. Software wise it isn't going to be used right. I mean even Windows XP is a Beta for the 64 Bit. When they get the bugs out, then I would concider it. Personal opinion.:)

  3. TheJokker


    Dec 6, 2004
    ne florida
    i would go with the amd64. both systems will give you dual channel memory and the wide memory bandwidth you need for your photoshop applications.

    intel is changing their cpu pinset and mainboard design so you will have more problems upgrading down the road...
  4. Goober35

    Goober35 1911 member.

    Nov 29, 2004
    If you want to do some bad ass editing get a Mac. That is about all they are good for is editing but they do a bad ass job. Dont wast you money on a bad ass computer and put **** ass ram in it eather.
  5. Hailstorm

    Hailstorm Boom Shacka

    Jan 7, 2002
    Canton Mi
    A Mac? Sure its a nice PC. However, try to get a program that works with it. Then try to upgrade it.;z