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 SolvedHelp me pick a CPU 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 Please help me pick my components for my build my budget is $500 -$600 max Forum Solvedhelp me pick a cpu, mother board, mem on a budget build Forum SolvedHelp me pick out some monitors please! Forum SolvedPlease help me pick a good Y-connector 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 SolvedPlease help me pick between two builds Forum SolvedBest GTX 670's to pick for my upgrade please help me out! Forum I need the communities help! Please please help me pick out a gpu right now! Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !