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I5 2500k + GTX 460 vs i3 2100 + 560 TI

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August 15, 2011 11:48:00 PM

Which would perform better, an i5 2500k with a GTX 460, or an i3 2100 with a 560 TI? Lets assume both CPU's will be replaced within two years so increased system life isn't as much of a factor.

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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 11:52:07 PM

depends on the game and chosen resolution....

The first system would likely prevail at lower resolutions (1280x1020, 16x9, etc) , but, at some point near/above 1080P, the i3/560Ti might take over...
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:07:32 AM

yeah personally I'd go with the i5 then upgrade the gpu down the road although what mdd1963 is saying certainly has some truth to it, then again it depends on the specific models and if and how much you will be oc'ing the gpu, what is the rest of the system and your total budget?... what is your monitors resolution?
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August 16, 2011 12:20:03 AM

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yeah personally I'd go with the i5 then upgrade the gpu down the road although what mdd1963 is saying certainly has some truth to it, then again it depends on the specific models and if and how much you will be oc'ing the gpu, what is the rest of the system and your total budget?... what is your monitors resolution?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- i3 2100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- 4gb RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- 1TB HD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- 550W PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- Antec 300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- GTX 560 TI

That's the build I was planning to get- though I was debating whether to switch the i3/GTX 560 TI with the i5 2500k/GTX 460. If I swapped for the 2500k I'd get a P67 mobo with it. The monitor is 1440 x 900, and my total budget is around $850- though I'm willing to go up to $900 (but only if it's really worth it- I would rather not.)
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:38:01 AM

for your res I'd get the i5 and the gtx 460 no doubt, if it were 1080p id suggest the i3 and the 560ti. The better cpu will benfit you down the road and you can just upgrade your gpu if you decide to upgrade your monitor
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:40:45 AM

also that psu you linked is ok but personally id get something a little nicer to give you some extra headroom for ocing or if you decide to sli your gpu down the road...

maybe something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you do not plan on sli then the psu you selected will do.

I know its a good deal more expensive then the other unit but if you wanna sli your 460/560 down the road you will not have to upgrade you gpu, furthermore if your going to sli definatley get the i52500k over the i32100
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:41:58 AM

perhaps as a good compromise, the i5-2400 w/ a GTX560?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:45:20 AM

^^yeah that would be a nice combo, at least then the OP would not be limited in games that need a healthy quad.. but really is saving 50-60 dollars really worth getting that vs getting an i52500k and a gtx 560ti ish. At least with the cpu there will be a lot more potential, that is, with the right mobo, etc.. but either way you look at it, the 2400 and a gtx560 rig would be no slouch but for a little extra cash you can have a little more...
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August 16, 2011 3:17:54 AM

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August 16, 2011 11:21:50 AM

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