I5 760 vs i7 870 for gaming

Hey guys,

Ordering my new parts today from newegg but will be buying my processor from Microcenter down the street.

i5 760 = $169.99
i7 870 = $229.99

I was wondering if spending the extra $60 on the i7 is worth it. I only use my desktop for internet and i play WOW right now. I am in school and will be taking programming classes next semester like Java and SQL if that makes any difference also. The Motherboard i am looking to buy is ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 if that helps, i believe i can add either processor since they are both 1156 socket.

Thank you for any help.
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  1. The i5-760 is the way to go.
  2. The i5 760 will meet your needs. Tom's does a monthly 'review' of CPUs for Gaming purposes at various price points. You may find the last one interesting, skipping here to the page for "$200 and up":
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i5-760-core-i7-970,2698-6.html
  3. Not much point in the 870 for gaming. It only beats the 760 out when it comes to things like video encoding or big number crunching.

    I have a 750 OCed to 3.75ghz with turbo on (4.3ghz max), and I can tell you it's never a bottleneck.
  4. Hey thanks alot for the help guys, I will be purchasing the i5 760 and saving some cash. Thanks!
  5. Sorry, one more quick question. What thermal compound do i need to buy from newegg? I am trying to put in my order now and totally forgot i need that but i dont know if there are differences or if i just get this :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
  6. You'll only really need that if you're buying an aftermarket heat sink, because the stock one has pre-applied compound. But yes, that's the right stuff.
  7. Thanks man, i am getting the cooler master Hyper 212 plus from microcenter when i get my processor.
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