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High-performance non-gaming rig.

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February 4, 2014 8:44:45 AM

Obviously you need an SSD for boot drive/drivers and HDD for storage, but what processor should you use?

If you're not going to be gaming but want a general use desktop (watch 1080p videos, pictures, ect), could you get away with a haswell i3 (like a 4340)? Or would there be slowness compared to that of a quad core i5?

Also what GPU to get? Obviously spending $180 on a GPU is stupid for non-gaming, but where does non-gaming GPU's start that can support a 1920x1080 monitor? HD 7750/7770?
a b 4 Gaming
February 4, 2014 8:47:15 AM

Buy an i3 4130 and use the intergraded graphics...
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a b 4 Gaming
February 4, 2014 8:51:36 AM

For general use like watching videos and photo editing a Haswell i3 with the integrated GPU is all you really need. An i5 is a stronger option for multi-threaded apps and when you are heavily multi-tasking. The virtual cores in the i7 come in handy when doing processor intensive things like video editing.

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February 4, 2014 8:57:47 AM

I'm not actually building this, I'm just looking to learn more about CPU's and systems in general. My current system runs on an i5-3570k/HD7870 GHz combo, so I want to learn more about when highish-end turns into middle of the road.
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February 4, 2014 9:06:41 AM

The way I see it with Intel chips it goes something like this:

Low-end - Celeron
Low-mid - Pentium
Mid-range - i3
Mid-high - i5
High-end - i7
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February 4, 2014 9:09:14 AM

Thanks!
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