The reason I’m recommending a quad is that it’s a purpose built computer for one or two applications that have very easy-to-characterize performance. We know that for Graphical design, the display and input peripherals, as well as the equipment to adequately calibrate them, are the most important components. If his budget caps out around 1300, as in the build posted in his previous post, that means compromises have to be made.
I’ve owned an octocore system as well as a quad core, and at the same frequencies, background processes, GPU and exact same RAM dimms, the two have no appreciable performance differences in PS or illustrator. The only time the quad core system lags behind is when I’m forced to save to HDD on the rare occasions I forget to clear my scratch disk. I do large format vector work, and animation, and I’ve yet to see the quad core choke.
@DrewSaga I’ve owned both, the huions compare favorably to the “pro” Wacom tablets, especially in the price department. Replacement nibs and pens are also far, far cheaper.
The Yiynovas kick the pants off of the Intuos display tablets as well when price is factored in.
@Spacejamflam the 6 core part won’t convey any real world benefit for graphic design unless your wife is also doing excel programming and playing counter strike while doing her work simultaneously. If you can afford it with a nice monitor (the one I listed is easily he best value for Graphics work atm) then go for it, otherwise there’s no real need.