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SFF Build for gaming, i3 vs i5?

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March 13, 2012 8:39:59 AM

Hello,
I'm working on a SFF PC for gaming. I almost worked everything out but I'm stuck on which CPU to use.

Here is what I picked so far:
-SilverStone Mini ITX case
-JetWay 1155 ITX Intel Motherboard
-Geforce GTX 560 Ti
-600 PSU

My needs and concerns regarding the CPU:
-I'll be gaming on 1080p resolution
-If upgrade my GPU down the road, would the i3 bottleneck my system?

*Kindly specify which i3 or i5 model if you suggested any.

Thank you.

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March 13, 2012 9:23:13 AM

can you afford the 2500K? if so get it, you may be able to get a mild overclock without heat issues.
March 13, 2012 10:42:12 AM

if you can afford the i5 2500k get that 1 but if price aint on your side you can use the i3 2100 it works great i own both an i3 and i5 so i no
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March 13, 2012 1:24:52 PM

As has been said above, the i5-2500k is by far the processor of choice for many system builders. It has fantastic performance, at a very good price and is highly overclock-able should you wish to do so.

The i3 is a good processor, but depending on the GPU you buy later down the line, is much more likely to cause a bottleneck than the i5 would.
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March 13, 2012 1:30:58 PM

may i ask a question w/o offending anyone who responded?

why get a "K" series cpu on a H61 chipset?

OP i would think any grfx card higher than what you are getting might bottleneck by the i3.

think i5 in your price range.
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March 13, 2012 1:40:18 PM

Anonymous said:
may i ask a question w/o offending anyone who responded?

why get a "K" series cpu on a H61 chipset?

OP i would think any grfx card higher than what you are getting might bottleneck by the i3.

think i5 in your price range.



Most of the time the price is very very comparable. Usually less than $10 difference between the K and non-K series. Buying from somewhere like BestBuy or finding a nice online offer from NewEgg.com or similar results in the K series actually being even cheaper than the non-K series.

While your right, you can't overclock it on a H61 chipset, the motherboard could always be changed at a later date for a cheaper price than a new CPU.

@OP - I would certainly urge you to look into buying a P67/Z68 chipset motherboard rather than a H61 if your going to seriously consider buying the i5-2500k.
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March 13, 2012 2:09:53 PM

For a board I like the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 at right about the same price but for the processor without question the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K is an extremely special processor due to its price, performance, and the components that go with it (1155 socket board).

Christian Wood
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March 13, 2012 6:21:47 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
For a board I like the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 ..........


Unfortunately, that mobo will not fit in a mini-ITX case like the one the OP has picked out.


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March 13, 2012 10:22:25 PM

get the i5 2300 or 2400. 4 real cores are much much better than the hyperthreaded cores of the i3.
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