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Question Budget Productivity Build - Help need to decide the CPU.

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I am planning to upgrade my current rig on a budget so planning for the LGA2011 build. This is what I do mostly. I do "Web Development", multiple chrome/Firefox tabs, sometimes playing games and watching movies. I have a 4K monitor, and RX 580 as a spare, so I need to include these in this build.

The CPU I am planning to try is:

e5 -2650 v2 ( 8C/16T - 2.6ghz )
e5 -1650 v2 ( 6C/12T - 3.5ghz )

Now I am confused with the Cores and Thread. Will the higher core count helps multi-tasking or the base frequency?

Thanks,
 

Barty1884

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Depends on the application(s) being used. Some tasks benefit more from cores/threads, others from clock speed (with a reasonable core/thread count)

For gaming, the higher clock speed... For watching movies, it doesn't matter.
 

Barty1884

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Without context for the rest of the build, or taking into account budget/price etc.... Or knowing what applications you're using, it's tough to say.

But based on the limited info you've provided, the E5-1650v2 seems like it would be the better purchase.
 

Rdslw

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One word of warning. in gaming you need boost clock not base clock. and it should be quite identical on both.
If you have anything that eat 100% cpu for more than 2 minutes, you want higher base clock.
I have 6c/12t cpu and I work on 3 screens. Main app I use likes to fill 6-7 threads, and I have spare for music, email, slack, os.
do the math, check what you use, if you see that you fill your current, you will need +2c/4t at least.
 
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@Rdslw ,

Thanks for the warning.

What's your CPU?

My Setup will be also like that, multiple 4K monitors ( mostly 2 ), and then running email, slack, browsers, other dev tools, etc.,

I don't play games much, all I want is to create a smooth and fast system for my work.

Regards,
 

Barty1884

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One word of warning. in gaming you need boost clock not base clock. and it should be quite identical on both.
If you have anything that eat 100% cpu for more than 2 minutes, you want higher base clock.
Technically, you need sustained clocks, not strictly "boost" unless you can maintain said boost 100% of the time.
Generally, boost clocks will drop in stages to the point that 100% load = base.... but for some chips, there's still an "all core" boost that's higher than base.

For an E5-1650v2, it'll do 3.9GHz only for single-core workloads, which are few & far between these days.
3.7GHz for 2-4 cores active and it can actually sustain 3.6GHz under a 6 core workload.
 

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