Looking at a new build, needing some input.
I've been browsing around several sites and looking at maybe getting a new CPU & Motherboard. Currently I have three desktops, the first is a first generation Intel i7-860 is used primarily as a home server with a lot of space, its running Windows 8, I had some issues with Windows Home Server and drivers. Don't ask, its what I get for buying a cheap RocketRaid card. However my primary desktop is a AMD Phenom II 1090t BE with Hydrocool H70, it doesn't break a sweat under gaming or video editing, I recently upgraded the ram in it to 32gig since it was on sale.
The third computer I built as a ClearOS Box its worked perfectly. I used it out of spare parts from an old machine.
I've been looking at the latest AMD processors and Intel processors. Two have caught my interest from both manufactures, the Intel i7-3770k and i5-3570k CPU, and AMD's 8 core processors.
My first question is in laymen terms what is hyper-threading? What benefits does it use, I know its useless for gaming, is hyper-threading better suited for video editing, autocad, photoshop? The difference is $100 right now and I don't want to spend the money if its something I won't use or have applications for.
Newegg always has these combo kits but I want to make sure that if I am spending the money I want to pair the CPU with a decent motherboard. I don't care about overclocking, like I said I seldom play many games on the PC, that's what my PS3 & XBOX 360 are for!
Any answer will help, even some idea's on which CPU/Motherboard would be best suited. I already have the RAM, SSD, & I will most likely buy either another Coolermaster 212+ or HydroCool unit.
[RIG1] Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 | AMD 1090t BE @ 3.22ghz | 32gb Corsair DDR3-1333 | 120gb SSD (boot/os) | 2x2tb WD Green, 1x2tb Hitachi, 2x3tb Seagate | 1x3tb MyBook
[RIG2] ASUS P7P55D-E-LX | 1st Gen i7-860 @ 2.93ghz | 16ghz Cosair DD3-1333 | 1tb WD (boot/os) | 6x2tb WD Green | RocketRaid 622 | 2x5bay Sans Digital 10x2tb Samsung 2040UI