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October 23, 2010 7:28:59 AM

should i buy a core i7 920 with i Gb ddr2 nvedia gpu or core i5 higher versions like i5 680 or 750 with 512 MB DDR3 gpu or the basic core i5 system with a 1 Gb ddr3 memory. my main purpose is none other than pC gaming . please help me out . for gaming does the difference i5 and i7 matter a lot

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a b Î Nvidia
October 23, 2010 7:42:32 AM

Well, if money isn't problem to you then go with i7 950 + DDR3 RAM (3 sticks) + Motherboard that support triple channel RAM + Quality PSU + High end gaming card like HD5850 or GTX470 (or dual GTX460) + HD Monitor of course.

i7 is more future proof than i5 and still more expensive, also gives you more performance in games.
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October 23, 2010 6:17:28 PM

wa1 said:
Well, if money isn't problem to you then go with i7 950 + DDR3 RAM (3 sticks) + Motherboard that support triple channel RAM + Quality PSU + High end gaming card like HD5850 or GTX470 (or dual GTX460) + HD Monitor of course.

i7 is more future proof than i5 and still more expensive, also gives you more performance in games.




but money matters a bit .
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October 23, 2010 6:20:44 PM

Id say either a X4+6870 or i5 760+6850. X4 is overall $80 cheaper than the 760, and therefore you can afford either a much better video card, or 8 gigs of RAM, something people forget. I could do a whole build for you, but id need COO, budget, stuff like that. To answer your second question, main difference between i7 and i5 is hyperthreading. HT is useless in gaming.
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October 23, 2010 6:24:12 PM

The Phenom II X4 955 is fairly cheap these days. So going the AMD Quad Core route, plus motherboard, plus RAM, plus GPU is cheaper than it has been in the past.

Between the i5-750/760 and the i7 chips, I don't think you'd see a major difference gaming wise. The main difference between i5 and i7 is triple channel memory (which isn't super noticeable) and HyperThreading (which games can't use). The i5-750 and i7-920 used to be very comparable when OC'd and benchmarked against one another.
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October 23, 2010 6:29:20 PM

Right. For overall good PC gaming, i recommend the 6850. Best budget card on the market currently, perhaps tied with the 460 768. So thats a good starting point. 955+normal mobo= about $80 less than 760+normal mobo. With $80, you can get 2 extra sticks of RAM. I wish toms did their value articles like they used to. I remember i7+4870 vs 955+4890, and then xfire them. Since they both cost the same at the time. They should do 955+8 gigs vs 760+4 gigs, as they both cost about the same.
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November 5, 2010 5:29:39 PM

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November 5, 2010 6:20:15 PM

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