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i5 vs i7 for gaming and light video/music editing?

by ET_CaughDrop / November 8, 2012 5:19 PM PST

i'm looking into swapping out from my 6-core Bulldozer AMD rig, to an intel i5 or i7. i'm very disappointed in AMD's fx series. (both bulldozer and piledriver)

i'm mainly just wondering if i should get an i7 for my gaming rig, or would an i5 suffice?
both of which are the ivy bridge.
and i'll be playing a wide range of applications and games.
i.e Battlefield 3, Planetside 2, Minecraft, FL Studio 10, Call of Duty MW3, Borderlands 2, etc...

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Stick with gaming needs
by Willy / November 8, 2012 11:04 PM PST

Because you seem to be a gamer and a heavy one then do whatever it takes to make that possible. Also, any "multi-core" cpu won't necessary be useful by games unless they're geared to be. So, don't expect a agame to better played unless it also is using the best it can be from the PC being offered. Getting the top-shelf items will make a better gaming platform and DON"T forget cooling, damn good cooling. Don't try to make a dual use PC, just build it for the best you can afford for the primary use. You'll be surprised that it can do both, but the % of use is what should decide its main build. I can't make it plainer than that.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Here's a note about the i5.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2012 1:03 AM PST

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "

So for gamers, they often get 1,000 buck CPUs and then cut the GPU where the real action is.

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