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Haswell i3 gaming rig good for 3 years?

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May 12, 2013 2:33:20 PM

I'm planning my first gaming rig and considering all the options but I'm on a 500-600 budget not including os,mouse,keyboard,monitor. Will a good i3 haswell overclocked build last for 3 or 2 years of gaming on ultra settings? Also planning on amd hd 8000 series for a graphics card.
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May 12, 2013 2:39:41 PM

For 600$ you could build a very capable FX6300 system with a capable 7000 series GPU today, and have it still be capable 3 years from now.

An i3 will get swamped very fast due to the fact they're dual cores. HyperThreading doesnt help as significantly as a lot of people thing either. Haswell won't be a massive improvement over IB either for gaming until gaming uses AVX widely (a long time from now.)

Unless your definition of gaming is just CoD or Runescape or lighter games like that, then yes, you're good to go.
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May 12, 2013 2:49:50 PM

I'm planning on building the rig sometime in November. I thought about a rig with that CPU as well. I wanted to wait and see how good the haswell CPU are. My type of gaming is more witcher 2, f1 2012, skyrim, mostly single player gameplay.
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May 12, 2013 2:59:01 PM

protecturnuts said:
I'm planning on building the rig sometime in November. I thought about a rig with that CPU as well. I wanted to wait and see how good the haswell CPU are. My type of gaming is more witcher 2, f1 2012, skyrim, mostly single player gameplay.


If your budget stays at 600$, then, depending on the pricing, your best bet may be:

- AMD FX 6300, 6350, 8320, 8350
- Intel i5-3350P, i5-3330, i5-3470, i5-3570, Intel i5-3570K
- Intel i5-2500K
- Intel i5-4xxx

Depends on how Haswell i5's are truly priced on released.

I assure you; dual cores will play a game, but as gaming goes on, software developers will use more and more cores; dual cores are slowly being phased out by most major games. Even a Phenom II x4 will be better in the future than a dual core i3 as this situation is assured to arise where dual cores simply cant keep up.
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May 12, 2013 3:12:46 PM

Will a good haswll i5 last for about 3 years of gaming on ultra or high? Or the upgrade to haswell might not be worth it ?
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May 12, 2013 3:18:23 PM

protecturnuts said:
Will a good haswll i5 last for about 3 years of gaming on ultra or high? Or the upgrade to haswell might not be worth it ?


Considering there are still first gen i5's churning out games at Ultra alongside a good GPU, then yes. Ivy Bridge i5s will last three years as well as Haswell i5's.

All processors eventually get to the point where the Q6600 is at now. Amazing in it's day, still quite good, but just simply, starting to lose capability.

Oddly enough however, I think first gen i5's will still be capable even next year, along with Phenom IIs.

Though in short, if you're saying if you should buy IB or Haswell, that is price dependant.
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May 12, 2013 3:48:20 PM

1st gen going into next I never knew they were that good. With haswell coming I would expect current IB to lower a bit but I see what you mean depending on the price. The haswell is not much of a improvement. Though cant tell until it comes out
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May 12, 2013 3:51:53 PM

protecturnuts said:
1st gen going into next I never knew they were that good. With haswell coming I would expect current IB to lower a bit but I see what you mean depending on the price. The haswell is not much of a improvement. Though cant tell until it comes out


IB should drop; but not a lot.

You can get a pretty good gauge of how a new architecture will do through seeing benchmarks and understanding the architecture itself. 5-10%+ is about what we're expecting, with a massive increase in overclockability and amazing improvements in AVX programs.
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May 12, 2013 3:57:18 PM

How massive? I'm interested in trying to overclock as well. If its much more than the current IB I would try and get the haswell for that reason
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May 12, 2013 4:33:27 PM

protecturnuts said:
How massive? I'm interested in trying to overclock as well. If its much more than the current IB I would try and get the haswell for that reason


Well this example is probably just a really good example of a Haswell chip, but then again, I've never seen even similar results from a really good SB or IB chip: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-i7-haswell-overc...
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