I am looking for a desktop.
I have quite a nice laptop (Samsung Q320), which I modified in the year, upgrading CPU, SSD and RAM but starts to feel a little tight.
Especially lately with some insane Excel sheets.
What I need:
a system that allows me to photo edit (from simple colour corrections to panorama stitching, HDR), a snappy Lightroom usage, and gives me a reliable Excel experience (anyway for personal-related experience, i.e. not for professional purposes; for work I have my company PC)
eventually playing some HD contents
[-> 1st question
: how important is nowadays the contribution of the Graphic part for image editing/lightroom/photoshop? I also knew from the past that there were intentions of using the Gpower as CPU power when needed, is this an utopia still? I'm a tad outdated!]
What I have/had: Intel Core2Duo P9500 2.53GHz, 3GB Ram, OCZ Agility2, nVidia G105M (laptop)
before this I had a desktop (from the top of my head) with an AMD Athlon 4850e, Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H 780G, 4GB ram, and a nice WD 320GB WD3200AAKS
What I want: a system that when on idle or low usage (multitabbing internet), draws the least amount of power
a mini ITX board
and of course as silent as possible, but it should come hand in hand with lowest Wattage requirement @idle
powerful when needed
What is my budget: for mobo+cpu+ram (that is where I really need your help), I would like to stay in the 200+ € region. Can stretch to 300€ if necessary (and only if!)
What I am looking at: from my current/previous configuration, I know that the cheapest i3 would give me an improvement anyway.
But I was aiming at A6 3600, for its low TDP, or the more beefy (but more expensive, and probably the additional kick is not really needed by me) brother A8 3800.
But then I was reading that, watt per performance/wise and performance per quid/wise, intel are better
So I was looking at i5-2450s, again for its low TDP and the HD3000 graphics (the other 's brothers have HD2000)
But then I was reading that an undervolted/underclocked standard i5-2400 will reach the same watt at idle, being more powerful when needed.
But then I realised that both Intels range close to the €200, CPU only!
So, forgetting about money for a second, for a requirements-meeting, compact, low watt PC: is the more expensive solution really needed? Or can I comfortly embrace AMD? And what configuration then, ecologic versions, or standard version downlocked?
Many thanks for your influential help!