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February 25, 2014 12:36:53 PM

I would like to know which has more bang for your buck between 2nd gen i3 and i5,.. and of course im well aware the i5 will outperforme the i3 but is it worth the price diffrence? i play world of tanks and browse the web..which one would you choose and why?

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February 25, 2014 12:39:41 PM

For world of tanks alone, the price difference becomes worth it. typically the i3 is for people who do no gaming and still want to stick with newer intel technology, while the i5 is more geared for any kind of gaming and will almost always be recommended over the i3. the i5 is intel's sweet spot for price:p erformance, while the i7 is overpriced for gaming, and the i3 is underpowered
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February 25, 2014 12:46:32 PM

+1 Brantyn Gerik
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February 25, 2014 1:10:05 PM

But what is the price difference, the exact models and why are you looking at 2nd gen? For all I know this could be a laptop where there are i3 models that outperform i5s.
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February 25, 2014 1:17:31 PM

typically even for laptops, within the same gen, no i3 will outperform an i5, you'd have to link the benchmarks to make me believe it (talking processor specific, not including a gpu in a laptop)
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February 25, 2014 1:19:14 PM

For price to performance, it is DEFINITELY not that much better. The 4670 costs about 2x the price of the 4130, while getting around 5-10% better gaming performance. The i5 will be quite a bit better for general computing, but running a single GPU setup, there is not too much of a gaming difference.

If you're on a tighter budget, I would choose the i3. You can always upgrade later if you want, but the extra $100 could go into other parts of the build to make sure you get some quality parts, and don't skimp just to afford a processor.
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February 25, 2014 1:35:04 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
typically even for laptops, within the same gen, no i3 will outperform an i5, you'd have to link the benchmarks to make me believe it (talking processor specific, not including a gpu in a laptop)


http://ark.intel.com/compare/54619,54645,53442

Here's an i3 beating both an i5 and i7. Since the tdp will limit the turbo of the i5 and i7 to a lower speed. Putting a U cpu in the mix may not seem fair but it just proves the names are just marketing and not truly indicative of performance. In general you could say they do but if we are to truly help him, specific models need to be named.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-2...
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-2...
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-2...
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February 25, 2014 1:37:46 PM

Yes, thank you k114 for backing me up there! Most games still utilize only 2 cores, and are just now beginning to use 4 cores. Even with the 4 cores, the i3's have hyperthreading, so are effectively 4 thread CPUs. The difference in gaming is negligible, and when on a budget, like I said, the $100 difference can get you from a 750 Ti to a 760, and go from med/high to high/ultra.
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February 25, 2014 1:57:37 PM

I didn't actually read your post and don't know what I was backing you up on since my post doesn't even have anything to do with anything you said. I would also have to disagree with you. I'd explain more but I need to leave now.
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February 25, 2014 2:02:59 PM

What could you be disagreeing with me on? We had essentially the same point lol And I didn't mean you actually backed me up on, but your point validated mine.
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February 25, 2014 7:28:12 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
For price to performance, it is DEFINITELY not that much better. The 4670 costs about 2x the price of the 4130, while getting around 5-10% better gaming performance. The i5 will be quite a bit better for general computing, but running a single GPU setup, there is not too much of a gaming difference.

If you're on a tighter budget, I would choose the i3. You can always upgrade later if you want, but the extra $100 could go into other parts of the build to make sure you get some quality parts, and don't skimp just to afford a processor.


thanks, that answered my question with budget in mind thanks hto
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