Hi forum, I recently moved to a country where hardware is considerably more expensive than the UK. I run a decent i7 rig for 3D modeling , photoshop etc. My primary focus is 3D content creation. I'm getting sick of waiting ages for renders, it really cuts into my productivity. So I'm thinking of building a secondary machine for rendering. So here's my question, I can save a tonne of money if I were to get an AMD multicore CPU. It would be coupled with an Nvidia GPU as blender cycles uses CUDA to render. But there may be other times the CPU needs to perform some heavily threaded tasks as well. So just how bad or good are AMD CPUs, are they good for the kind of work I would need it to perform. I watched time to live customs review for some FX chip or other and it was like 30 minutes of depression, while owners say they're excellent. Some knowledgeable advice would be appreciated. Thank you. Also where would the sweet spot be, 4, 6 or 8 cores?