Upgrade time, Intel i series?

tldr; how long will an i3 cut it on a heavyish use family desktop? should i go i5 or even i7? (replaces old Athlon 64bit 3600+ box from 4 years ago)

i7-860 or i5-750 for gaming rig? would it be as future proof as an E8400? (thinking of making a rig with a £100 gfx and lots of room to upgrade when new games hit! [is this wise or should i get a £450 budget gaming rig now and another in a year or so?]


few questions about the new Core i range and future proofing

current setup is
-mostly Gaming rig: core 2 E8400 - Geforce 8800 GT - 2gb ram (£500 build 2 years ago, kept up well with games)
-Web and general: celeron E3200 - MSI HD 4650 - 2gb ram (£100 fixer when my old rig died and i didn't wanna fill my gaming one with crap)
-old family PC: vintage Athlon 64bit 3600+ and some buget card from 4 years back - 1gb ram


aims something like:
-family PC in the Bin - new £2-300 replacement, £30 gfx is fine and got case and corsair psu so (aiming i3/5?)
-web and general crap pc becoming file server basically
-E8400 moved onto general crap (upped to 6gb ram n win 7)
-new £5-600 rig (i5/7?)

by the way, i'm really impressed by the performance of the Samsung F3 HDD range, probably going to get the 500gb one for all of the above :) £33 is hard to argue with since its got roughly double the transfer rate of the current HDDs i have


the question is
how much petter are the i5/i7s than the i3s?

family PC - on the family pc will most of the performance improvement in the desktop environment come from the big increase in ram performance and a new faster HDD? (web browing seems to max out the athlon, but its very old and BAD! :P) instead of from the cpu speed itself? (i notice cache makes a fair difference, the celeron plain sucks compared to the core 2 despite similar core and bus speeds)

file server is fine, 4 stata ports and the current cheap stuff will do.

E8400 is just more ram and windows 7 (i can mix 1gb and 2gb sticks but it has to be same spec as before right? (PC-6400 - 800mhz) do timings matter?)

on the New Rig: what sort of differences would i see between say an i3-530, an i5-750 and an i7-860 games wise now? and in two years? basically which one is the E8400 of today which i can build an awesome rig around? :)
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  1. One main difference between i3 and i5/i7 is that i3 is a dual core technology processor, on the other hand i5 and i7 are quad cores, that should give you an idea on how well it would perform for gaming. I personally own an i3 and they are quite good, the 2.66ghz. But if you want to game you might as well go for an i7.

    This is only a suggestion.
  2. One main difference between i3 and i5/i7 is that i3 is a dual core technology processor, on the other hand i5 and i7 are quad cores, that should give you an idea on how well it would perform for gaming. I personally own an i3 and they are quite good, the 2.66ghz. But if you want to game you might as well go for an i7.

    This is only a suggestion.

    If you buy an i3, it will probably hold up for gaming for about 1 or 2 years, on the other hand, the i5 will hold for about 3 -4 years, same with i7.

    i3 - low end, low budget processor.

    i5 - gamer

    i7- hardcore gamer.

    thats how i see it.

    Hope i helped

    ROLFMAOMACHIZLIN
  3. sorry for the double post, dont know what happen there.
  4. rolfmaomachizlin said:
    One main difference between i3 and i5/i7 is that i3 is a dual core technology processor, on the other hand i5 and i7 are quad cores, that should give you an idea on how well it would perform for gaming. I personally own an i3 and they are quite good, the 2.66ghz. But if you want to game you might as well go for an i7.

    This is only a suggestion.


    I don`t think that any i7 is needed for gaming. Even an i5 750 is overkill with a mid level graphics card. A $400 Radeon 5870 will bottleneck before the i5 750...
  5. yea i agree
  6. wortwortwort said:
    I don`t think that any i7 is needed for gaming. Even an i5 750 is overkill with a mid level graphics card. A $400 Radeon 5870 will bottleneck before the i5 750...


    bottleneck against what? the pci-Ex16 lane?
  7. hmm, also i tried lots of things with the i5-750 and it was just too expensive, gone the AMD route as reviews said they were quite comparable but cheaper, made a new post with what i specced up, would be greatful if you could take a look :)

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/288697-13-please-check-build
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