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Gaming on an i3 over a i5 2.5k

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September 25, 2011 10:23:22 PM

Heres the deal, im building a new pc, as usual im going with a high end MB so its keeps being upgreadable for longer, however Im low on funds so im either:

-Go for an i5 2500k and reuse my old HD 4850 for a while
-Go for an i3 (or a cheaper i5) and get a killer gpu

I play alot of RTS and rpgs. If this helps XD

thank alot

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September 25, 2011 11:38:08 PM

Option two. Try and squeeze in an i5 2300 if you can't afford the 2.5k. But an i3 is good too.
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September 26, 2011 2:15:35 AM

I would go with the core i5-2500k and re-use the HD 4850. It is no longer considered high end, but it's still pretty good. Then when you save up enough money, upgrade the video card.

Many gamers upgrade the video card a few times before upgrading the entire PC so instead of eventually upgrading the CPU and the GPU, just focus on locking in a good CPU now, then worry about the GPU later.
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September 26, 2011 2:45:19 AM

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Yeah, a 2500K will solve all your CPU worries for a long time AND you'll be able to overclock the crap out of it if you ever want even more power. You're basically getting something you probably won't need to upgrade for the lifetime of your rig. If you get a top-end GPU NOW with an i3, you'll be looking to upgrade BOTH in two years.
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