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October 20, 2012 1:07:15 AM

im about to buy a pc for heavy gaming..
but i want it for the long term use, so im asking..
whats best for me?
this are my two options:
1.Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 3470 Socket 1155 6MB 3.2Ghz Tray

2.Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770 Socket 1155 8MB 3.4Ghz Tray

plz give your opinion and if there is something else that you think its better, let me know.
thank you. :) 

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October 20, 2012 1:08:36 AM

The i5. The i7 performs the same in gaming compared to the i5.
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October 20, 2012 1:10:02 AM

i5. In comparison, the i7 doesn't give much benefit for gaming.

For long term use overclocking may be helpful, since you could speed the processor up if, in years to come, it starts getting a little slow for games. The i5-3570k is a good i5 that is fully unlocked for overclocking.
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October 20, 2012 1:11:52 AM

but wont the i7 last longer?
and it has multithreading.. so i figured some of the future games will probbly work better on that
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October 20, 2012 1:14:57 AM

No. Multithreading hyperthreading has been around for quite a while now, and it doesn't help games much at all. The i5 is the better choice (because of cost effectiveness) and will last just as long as the i7.

Edit: Accidently mixed up hyperthreading and multithreading, Thanks to Sakkura for catching me.
What the i7 has is hyperthreading. As Sakkura pointed out, it has no benefit in games.
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October 20, 2012 1:16:27 AM

I think you mean hyperthreading. They're both multicore (quad-core) processors which multithreaded applications can take advantage of. Games gain ~nothing from hyperthreading, unfortunately.

Edit: And courtesy of Wikipedia: It's been around since February 2002.
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October 20, 2012 1:19:02 AM

The Core i7-3770 does have a slightly higher stock clock frequency than the Core i5-3470. Nowhere near being worth the price difference though. If you want something faster, the Core i5-3570k is the way to go.
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October 20, 2012 2:39:17 AM

Get the I5 3570k for gaming. It's no slouch for encoding and multitasking either.
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October 20, 2012 6:31:35 AM

i5 for heavy gaming + little to no 3D rendering / video encoding.

i7 for heavy gaming + heaving 3D rendering / video encoding.
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October 20, 2012 4:17:27 PM

thank you all ! =]
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October 20, 2012 4:48:42 PM

i thing i5 3570 k is best for gaming.which mean 4.4 mhz OC max in normal u can do till 5.0 MHZ with good cooler but i7-3770K can hit 4.5 in normal way with a bit good cooler 4.7 ..and with a heavy cooler 5.0mhz and it is in the top chart of oc score...if u think of saving $$ then get i5 but if u got $$ get i7 ..REMEMBER to get a good motherboard to hold tht much of power :) 
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October 20, 2012 4:57:41 PM


Don't put too much stock in those benchmark scores. They can be quite inaccurate. The scores also say little about how well each CPU handles different types of workload.
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October 20, 2012 5:07:08 PM

hmm i see..i5 3570k i sow was able to hold 5.0 mhz but for much min got no idea but can it be use for gaming with tht much power or just 4.5 is max ?
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October 20, 2012 5:19:46 PM

How fast a Core i5-3570k can run varies from chip to chip, they're not all equally good.
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October 21, 2012 3:20:23 AM

well, to be honest with either processor, you better be looking to overclock because that is where you're going to see the biggest potential these processors have to offer.

Both can hit above 4.3 easily, EASILY with air cooling, and stock/oc performance is kind of significant if you see the benchmarks. but if you're not interested in ocing, they're still great processors @ stock.
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October 21, 2012 10:39:43 AM

koreanzombie said:
well, to be honest with either processor, you better be looking to overclock because that is where you're going to see the biggest potential these processors have to offer.

Both can hit above 4.3 easily, EASILY with air cooling, and stock/oc performance is kind of significant if you see the benchmarks. but if you're not interested in ocing, they're still great processors @ stock.

The Core i5-3470 will not hit 4.3 GHz easily. The Core i7-3770 will, but it can't go much higher than that (only BCLK overclocking).
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