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I3 530 or i5 750

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August 26, 2010 7:15:34 PM

hey guys,

I am building a computer to be really good at multitasking (think, word, quickbooks, ftp program, dreamweaver, photoshop, 2 browsers with a ton of tabs all at once) and to play starcraft 2. I have the following so far:

asus Sonata III case
asus earthwatts 500W PSU
DVD Drive
Mushkin silverline 4GB Ram DDR3 1333

I need left:


Budget isn't an issue but I don't want anything overkill. So if an i3 530 can handle the above, I would like to go that route. If a 5770 will play starcraft well, I'd want to go that route. I don't mean max settings, I mean maybe medium settings but no hitches in gameplay. I think you get the point. Advice?

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August 26, 2010 7:24:20 PM

Needs increase with time and requirements.. Keeping that in mind, i'll recommend - i5 750 + GTX 460 768 MB + Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB.. While you are at it, i'd recommend a better motherboard also.. Something like the Asus P7P55D ..
August 26, 2010 7:28:10 PM

kk maybe I should say I don't want to spend more than $350. There is a limit to the price on this. The GTX 460 is way overkill for medium graphics on Starcraft II.
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August 26, 2010 7:30:16 PM

If you go for multitasking grab an quad core . It is olso best for gaming and software (ps etc){* you are not looking i7 but it is probably the best one}.
5770 is good choice for 1600x900. No hitch good fps. But first you need to tell us your monitor resolusion.
Hard disk 500gb/1tb seagate barracuda will do good job. :D 
August 26, 2010 7:34:48 PM

my monitor currently is a 1050p native monitor.
August 26, 2010 7:35:07 PM

I'd actually suggest more RAM. I'm not sure what version of Photoshop your running but it's multithreading isn't overly impressive. I don't think Dreamweaver is multithreaded at all. When your running allot of apps, unless they are doing stuff, like video encoding while your work in another app, having more cores or more threads won't allow you see much difference in performance or "snappiness" of your system.

However if your running alot of apps at once and switching back and forth more RAM will give you more performance since the system doesn't have to swap as much information in and out from your hard drive.

I run, during a normal business day, IE.8, FF, Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Open Office, Mail, Flash, XAMPP, CS3 Video Encoder and occasionally Illustrator or Premiere and my memory usage (especially when FF decides to memory leak) is over 6GB.

The 5770 is a great card. My brother uses it and it can run SC2 easily on max settings in 1680x1050. He also has the i3 530.

August 27, 2010 4:41:13 AM

okay so far I'm convinced I should go with the i3 530 then. That leaves the HDD and the GPU. I'll throw in the GPU later, I just want to get this thing working and stable. So now I'm looking at buying an SSD for this pc. Do you guys think 64GB is enough? I'll be running windows 7
August 27, 2010 4:54:16 AM

Or would I be better off buying 4GB of ram? I would think this is easy to add later, while the SSD would not be (as I'd have to install windows on the SSD and take it off the other HDD)
August 27, 2010 4:58:34 AM

The price tag on SSDs for the performance they offer now is not justified unless your an enthusiast. The RAM will serve you better all around IMO. Wait on an SSD. The technology is still in it's infancy, better things are yet to come. Ram on the other hand is a proven, throughout technology and therefore less cost for more product.
August 27, 2010 5:01:01 AM

Oh and you won't regret that i3 350 ever. Even when you upgrade to an i5 7xx you'll wana put that i3 in something. It's TDP + it's performance make it such a versatile cpu it's uses are many. HTPC anyone?
August 27, 2010 2:39:30 PM

actually if i was you i would have gone for an amd build, like an amd phenom II x6 1055T and i think theres a combo on newegg with the x6 and the msi r5770 hawk but as you already got your intel mobo you cant go amd , well this website might help you choose your gpu and cpu

personally i would choose the i5 750
August 29, 2010 8:23:29 PM

well AMD is out the window lol. Okay, so if I go traditional HDD now and get Windows 7 OEM, can I switch the HDD its on to an SSD later? Or am I stuck? I'm def. going with the i3 530 so that just leaves the HDD scenario for now.