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CPU for both CAD and Gaming

Hey guys, just wondering if there is any advantage to having an i7 over an i5 for CAD work? Do the extra threads make a real difference when tossing some huge files on SolidWorks or ProE?

Any other fellow engineers out there that could should some light on this subject?
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  1. I don't expect the difference to be significant. However make sure you get a quad core i5 then.
  2. see here i7-920 2.66 vs i5-750 2.66 look at rendering's benchmarks.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/47?vs=109
  3. It depends on the models,if you are comparing i5 750 with an i7 920 then the difference isn't very much.
  4. Sorry for the vagueness. Really I was trying to compare the i7 930 for $200 at microcenter vs. any of the smaller cpus (such as the i5). I'm having a hard time justifying not springing for the i7 930 at that price. What do you guys think?
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    It depends on many things.
    Here are some advantages of going with X58 chipset
    1_6-core CPU support
    2_Better OC'ng capability
    3_dual 16x SLI/CF(which doesn't have much of a difference with dual 8x mode of P55)
    The only advantage that a P55 build has,is that it offers similar performance(although i7 930 is a little faster here) and costs lower.
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