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Which is better, i5 2500k/HD6870 or i3 2100/gtx 560 Ti448 for gaming?

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February 19, 2012 8:31:21 AM

i'm confuse to choose either processor i5 2500k together with graphic card radeon HD 6870 or processor i3 2100 with nvidia gtx 560 ti 448 for gaming since i want to save my budget.. help me guys! thank you!
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February 19, 2012 8:52:19 AM

i3 2100 with nvidia gtx 560 ti 448

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February 19, 2012 10:48:55 AM

If you have any intention of overclocking the CPU, the answer is definitely the 2500K. If you leave everything stock, the i3-2100 offers more bang for the buck.

Keep in mind, too, that you're using the CPU whether you're gaming or not and that GPU prices fall faster than CPU prices which also tips the scales toward the 2500K/HD6870 now and a 560Ti six months from now for something like $189.
February 19, 2012 11:12:27 AM

The i3 2100 and 560ti 448 core will perform better in games especially since it is the 448 core version. However I would go along with what others have said and get the i5 mainly because of all round performance and the fact you can easily upgrade the graphics cards, they get cheaper all the time.
February 19, 2012 11:30:57 AM

i5 2500k+HD 6870
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February 19, 2012 11:46:26 AM

right now, i3 2100 and 560ti for gaming on the surface.

however considering the 560ti gives you a better frame rate for gaming gpu wise but the i5 would give you better frame rate cpu wise it might be a toss up.

if i think about using the rig for more than JUST gaming, well that would be the i5.
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February 19, 2012 1:52:29 PM

simple


the core i5. the core i5 is a quadcore

the i3 is a dualcore


i doubt there is much difference in framerate between those two gpu's


the difference between the cpu's will make a bigger difference.
February 19, 2012 1:54:31 PM

thank you guys for your great sharing.. really appreciate it.. considering the price, i think the graphic card will be more quickly decrease in price compare to processor.. so, i think i need to choose processor first instead of graphic because i will get more powerful graphic with affordable price next time.. am i right?
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February 19, 2012 2:12:12 PM

If you want to save money then the i3/560Ti 448, if you want the best performance then a i5/560Ti
February 19, 2012 3:10:13 PM

Think about it this way....

Do you buy a Ford Pinto and put titanium rims on it?
Or do you buy a Honda Civic and put aluminum wheels on it?

Probably too much hyperbole, but you see where I'm going.....

February 19, 2012 6:14:54 PM

hasnol said:
thank you guys for your great sharing.. really appreciate it.. considering the price, i think the graphic card will be more quickly decrease in price compare to processor.. so, i think i need to choose processor first instead of graphic because i will get more powerful graphic with affordable price next time.. am i right?

Yes, graphics cards tend to decrease in price faster than processors, as at least a couple of us have previously stated.

Another thing to keep in mind is that upgrading a graphics card is typically a very simple and painless operation. Upgrading a CPU is far more involved and difficult. How many times do you want to mess with applying thermal paste to a CPU?
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February 20, 2012 7:35:49 PM

shanky887614 said:

i doubt there is much difference in framerate between those two gpu's


That's a $150 GPU vs a $290 GPU. Surely there will be a difference.


Personally though I'd get the i5-2500k now and wait a month for the AMD HD 7850.
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February 20, 2012 7:40:37 PM

i5-2400 and a 560 ti
February 20, 2012 8:28:24 PM

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