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i5-3350P or i3-3220 for Gaming?

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May 14, 2013 5:21:45 AM

So I am making a build for my brother and I'm trying to keep the costs low without compromising too much but I'm somewhat stumped on the CPU choice.

They are both decent CPU I know, but what is the best for cost and longevity? The extra money would probably be going towards a better graphics card btw.

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May 14, 2013 5:33:41 AM

Are you going to be adding a discreet GPU to the build or just using the integrated GPU?

The i5 3550P has no integrated GPU, so it will require a discreet GPU. The i3 has Intel HD graphics on board, and it's not very good for high def gaming.

The best setup would be the i5 3550P with a discreet GPU.
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May 14, 2013 5:50:20 AM

ryanrich83 said:
Are you going to be adding a discreet GPU to the build or just using the integrated GPU?

The i5 3550P has no integrated GPU, so it will require a discreet GPU. The i3 has Intel HD graphics on board, and it's not very good for high def gaming.

The best setup would be the i5 3550P with a discreet GPU.


Definitely a discrete GPU I have an old HD5770 (not the best I know) kicking around, but the addition of a windows upgrade and potentially a new GPU if the HD5770 doesn't work brings the price up by around ~£150 so thats why I'm apprehensive about the i5 due to it being £45 more expensive than the i3
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May 14, 2013 6:14:48 AM

You can get an i5 3450 or i5 3470 at the same price point, and they both include integrated graphics. That way you have a fallback if the 5570 you are going to use fails.
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May 14, 2013 7:05:46 AM

The i3 3220 also has the same fallback GPU. The likely performance difference using the HD5770 compared to the i5's is likely to be in the region of 2-5% on most games.

You have doubts about whether the HD5770 is even working, so I think the i3 would be better and give you some extra cash towards a decent card should the 5770 be u/s.

The i3 is a strong performer with up to at least the HD7850 (an i5 with that would improve by ~5-8%, with an i7, ~10%).
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May 14, 2013 7:26:06 AM

satrow said:
The i3 3220 also has the same fallback GPU. The likely performance difference using the HD5770 compared to the i5's is likely to be in the region of 2-5% on most games.

You have doubts about whether the HD5770 is even working, so I think the i3 would be better and give you some extra cash towards a decent card should the 5770 be u/s.

The i3 is a strong performer with up to at least the HD7850 (an i5 with that would improve by ~5-8%, with an i7, ~10%).


That's sort of what I was thinking of. My own build is a old i3 and a HD7870 and that's pretty good still (the CPU I mean)
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May 14, 2013 1:11:37 PM

Intel is not making i3 desktop CPUs for haswell...you might want to think about that.
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