Please help me pick a CPU! Tags: CPUs Last response: May 17, 2012 10:18 AM in CPUs Share krisz93 May 17, 2012 9:40:26 AM Hi everyone, I'm planning to buy a laptop and i was able to narrow down the possibilities to 2. Their price and features are almost identical. 4GB RAM GeForce GT 630M card with 1 GB 750 Gb HDD Same screen size, resolution etc. The only difference is their CPU, I'm no expert so I'll need your help in this. One has the i5-3210M (Ivy Bridge) http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-3210M-Notebook-Processor.74458.0.html The other is the i7-2630QM http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-2630QM-Notebook-Processor.41483.0.html Which one would be better for gaming purposes? Thanks in advance! More about : pick cpu bwrlane a b à CPUs May 17, 2012 10:18:57 AM In both cases, the GPU will be the bottleneck, not the CPU. In a non-GPU limited scenario (ie if you had a faster graphics card), it's a tough call. Considering the suitability for gaming: For the Ivy i5: Plus - new architecture, slightly faster at a given clock speed, slightly faster turbo speed. Minus - only 2 cores. For the Sandy i7: Plus - Quad core CPU - this will have some impact in modern games because some can use more than 2 threads. Minus - slightly lower clockspeeds and performance at a given clock speed. For applications that are both CPU limited and multi-threaded, the SB processor will be far, far faster. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Solvedplease help me pick a MOBO and CPU Forum SolvedPlease help me pick a CPU fan Forum SolvedHelp me pick out new cpu please:) Forum [CPU needs a home] please help me pick a MOBO Forum Solved3 Gaming Builds Please help me pick One Forum SolvedPlease help me pick a case for my PC Forum SolvedHelp Me Pick A New Graphics Card please Forum SolvedHelp me pick a IPS second monitor for my new setup, please Forum SolvedPlease help me pick one from of these motherboard Forum SolvedHelp me pick a good budget graphics card please! Forum SolvedCan someone please help me pick out parts for a gaming PC build? Forum Solvedhelp me pick a cpu, mother board, mem on a budget build Forum SolvedCan someone help me pick out a CPU for Radeon HD 7950. Right now I have a AMD A10 5800K and in games like Skyrim the Framerate Forum SolvedHelp me pick out some monitors please! Forum SolvedPlease help me pick a good Y-connector Forum SolvedPlease help me pick between two builds Forum I need the communities help! Please please help me pick out a gpu right now! Forum SolvedBest GTX 670's to pick for my upgrade please help me out! Forum SolvedHelp me pick a motherboard please. Forum Help me please pick out an ultrabook Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !