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I5 vs. i7

I was just reading the forums on this site and i notiiced a lot of people building gaming machines were getting i5's. I was just wondering why everybody is suggesting i5 instead of i7?
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    games cant really utilize the HT of the i7 series, they can barely utilize 4 cores, therefore from a gaming view, 4 cores @ 200$ @ 2.66 GHz > 4 cores @ 280$ ( plus mobo and RAM being more expensive) @2.66 GHz.
  2. So getting a i5 760 at 2.8GHz is better then getting a i7 860 at 2.8 GHz because the i5 is cheaper and game would only take full benifit from the i5 if i am reading that correctly.
  3. the 860 is better, however if your primary purpose is gaming, the 760 is a better buy. depending on if you plan to upgrade later on, or live near a microcenter, the AMD X4 955 or i7 930 are better buys respectively.
  4. bigred738 said:
    So getting a i5 760 at 2.8GHz is better then getting a i7 860 at 2.8 GHz because the i5 is cheaper and game would only take full benifit from the i5 if i am reading that correctly.


    Exactly.

    For most gaming, plan on spending much more for your graphics card than for the CPU.
  5. More or less. The i7's have a feature called 'hyperthreading' which is useful for activities like encoding, but not for gaming.
  6. Thanks guys this is really going to save me money because I was going to spend most of my budget, which is still undecided, on a cpu, but now that i know that I can get an i5 insted of an i7 for a strictly gaming and web browsing machine I can use my money to buy things that are more important for gaming like graphics cards.
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