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April 4, 2013 1:33:13 PM

I am building a gaming PC and want to know if the Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge is powerful enough to get everything out of my graphics card, which is a EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5, or should I upgrade to an Intel Core i7?

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April 4, 2013 1:37:31 PM

The i5 is plenty.
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April 4, 2013 1:39:33 PM

The i5 should be great. But why the 3350p? If you have the budget to get an i7, why not a 3570k (Which can be overclocked, increasing longevity) and a Z77 board with the difference? If you can't/don't want to, stick with the 3350p with a B77.
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April 4, 2013 1:51:49 PM

I recommend Core i5 3570k With plenty of performance, top notch overclocking capability and enough horsepower to run any game you throw at it, the choice is a no brainer.

Those thinking about purchasing a processor with a bit more horsepower for video editing or other multi-threaded applications, be sure to take a look at the Intel Core i7 3770K. With its hyper-threading technology, it boasts up to a 30% boost in performance against the i5 3570K in multi-threaded applications.
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April 4, 2013 10:48:15 PM

superbeaver said:
I am building a gaming PC and want to know if the Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge is powerful enough to get everything out of my graphics card, which is a EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5, or should I upgrade to an Intel Core i7?


You may want to consider the 3770K with the extra threads for future gaming...from this point on games will start to use the extra threads or cores available....Crysis 3 is the first next gen game that is already showing the improvements with cpu's that have extra cores or threads available. So if you want your cpu to last a bit longer..i'd go for the 3770K....although the 3570K is still a great gaming chip and will be able to handle next gen games..but the 3770k will handle them much better..i guarantee that.
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April 11, 2013 12:37:30 AM

dont take i7 for gaming it is wastage of money i5 3rd gen is plenty to play all the games

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April 11, 2013 8:57:40 AM

Based on talk to programmers I am going to say that I dont think that the extra threads being supported in Crysis 3 is going to be the norm for some time to come. With games having a limited price point to reach the customer and the effort that it takes to program for additional threads I dont see many games coming to the market that will take additional threads past 4 for some time to come.

Go with the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K.
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