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 Please help me pick out a hard drive and motherboard. :) Forum Under 700 budget gaming. Help me pick cpu and videocard Forum Please help me pick parts for my first custom computer Forum Help me pick out new cpu please :) Forum PLEASE help me pick parts Forum Please help me pick out motherboard Forum Please help me decide how to pick the best GPU Forum Well as SB arrived here at Israel please help me pick between 950orSB Forum Help Me Pick Parts PLEASE !!!! Forum Help Me Pick Parts Please ! Forum Help me pick a motherboard please . Forum [ CPU needs a home] please help me pick a MOBO Forum Help me pick a motherboard please Forum Please help me pick a new power supply. Forum Can anyone help me pick a motherboard please . Forum Please help me pick new DIY system for fast DV Forum Is this compatible? Forum CPU Cache Size Forum Answers please!!!! Forum [Solved] Disconnected CPU now computer wont completely boot :( Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !