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January 3, 2014 7:34:31 AM

Build 1: i3 3220, asus hd 7770 1gb (crossfire), 16gb ram.

Build 2: i5 3570k, asus hd 7770 1gb (no crossfire), 4gb ram.

Goal is to play mid range games while streaming/skype/firefox running.
How much more cpu usage % will i3 3220 compare to i5 3570k under these build/program conditions.
Currently using celeron 430/2gb ram/ati 700x pro. all i wanted to is thrown this out of window because anything can run the cpu usage to 95-100 range and cause massive lag spikes.

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January 3, 2014 7:53:13 AM

What is your budget for the two components?

If you're able to use AMD CPUs, that would be a little more ideal for what you need the PC for.

A 8320 is better than an i5 for streaming, and will cost less.
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January 3, 2014 8:00:33 AM

enemy1g basically answered your question.

An FX 6300/8320 would be a far better choice than an i3 3220. Also I don't see why you'd want 2 7770's in xfire when you could get a single-card solution that delivers better performance for less money.
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January 3, 2014 8:13:50 AM

enemy1g said:
What is your budget for the two components?

If you're able to use AMD CPUs, that would be a little more ideal for what you need the PC for.

A 8320 is better than an i5 for streaming, and will cost less.


yeah but already brought the i3 3220 and the GA Z77 d3h mobo... gonna be a hassle to sell both.. so yeah planning to sell i3 if i5 offers a much better performance. how much % cpu usage would you estimate the difference be under the said condition?
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January 3, 2014 8:21:21 AM

I would say keep your i3 now that you have bought it as getting an i5 wont increase your gaming performance in any significant way and get two 7770's or better yet a single 7850.
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January 3, 2014 11:46:32 PM

mohit9206 said:
I would say keep your i3 now that you have bought it as getting an i5 wont increase your gaming performance in any significant way and get two 7770's or better yet a single 7850.


how come you are saying i5 wont be significant increase compare to i3? is the difference less than 5%?
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January 4, 2014 5:56:44 AM

Depends on the game. In some it may make almost no difference, especially if you have a mid-range video card and are playing at somewhat normal resolutions. Have a look at this, comparing the i3 4130 and the i5 4670k.
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