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November 16, 2012 2:49:46 AM

Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?
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November 16, 2012 3:00:58 AM

Well if your main purpose is gaming then there really is no point in getting an I7. It offers nothing more in performance than the cheaper I5. The main difference is the I7 has more L3 cache and hyperthreading two things that games don't even make use of right now.With the I7 cut out of the picture between the I5 and the Piledriver the I5 is the best choice, it has the best performance.
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November 16, 2012 3:07:46 AM

though AMD has made some improvement with the release of pilderiver (7%), it still has a way to go with competing against intel.

i5 FTW.
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November 16, 2012 6:04:28 AM

kaali said:
Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?


Core i5 3570k + HD 7850. Don't look for anything else.
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November 16, 2012 6:09:57 AM

kaali said:
Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?


i5 mang!
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November 16, 2012 6:42:01 AM

i5 3570, or 3570k if you want to overclock, its a no brainer, just read some reviews, every one of them comes to the same conclusion.
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November 16, 2012 10:15:43 AM

It is completely down to budget. Are you trying to build a real BEAST? Go intel for that.

Want the best value for money? Maybe AMD is better in some cases.

Gives us more info and we can suggest builds. Generally if you want the best game performance it is down to GPU choice not CPU choice (once you have a certain level of CPU).

So if you save money on the CPU you can get a better GPU, this is where AMD wins. If you can afford a great GPU and an intel i5 that is better overall, but pricier.
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November 16, 2012 12:32:04 PM

Overall, Intel is better for games because their CPUs can process more instructions per clock cycle than AMD CPUs; i.e. Intel's CPUs are more powerful.

However, most games are not dependent on the CPU as long as it is fast enough not to bottleneck the graphics card. An example would be Crysis 2. RTS games (real time strategy) like StarCraft 2 are more dependent on the CPU than the graphics so a more powerful CPU will give you better performance. Lastly, there are games like Skyrim which benefits from a more powerful CPU and graphic card.
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November 17, 2012 7:07:33 AM

I will go with an i5 3rd gen processor in that case (i7 is more expensive) but am still confused about the GPU, I know this thread is not relevant for GPU discussion but if someone can suggest what should specifically I look in a GPU for the gaming purposes.
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November 17, 2012 7:32:47 AM

that depends on you: what resolution are you playing? and what is your budget? then what games are you interested at playing?
also what settings are you looking for? ultra? high? any? :lol: 
what kind of frame per second do you think makes the experience good? 30? 45? 60+?

you can look at a 7770/650ti to get your foot in the door for a fairly low price with a 7850 being a bit of a step up. there is also the 660 or 7870 for $220- $260 that can get some higher settings at a better frame rate in gaming. or you can spend around $300 for a 660ti/7950 which will get a great frame rate and high/ultra settings.

then there are the 670/7970s that will pretty much eat up anything you throw at them.

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November 17, 2012 9:22:18 AM

In general I would say that for a dedicated GAMING pc you should be spending AT LEAST the same, or MORE for your GPU than the CPU.

Just a rule of thumb and is especially true of the AMD CPUs as they are cheaper.


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March 31, 2013 2:50:44 AM

kaali said:
Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?
Try searching for an Intel Core i5 3570K Processor Overclocked to up to 4.5GHz. If you get the processor overclocked it boosts the performance of the processor amazingly and has been my choice in most of my pcs!
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March 31, 2013 9:20:33 AM

it depends on the cpu!if you need the pc only for gaming you probably wont need an i7 so i would recommend you to go for an i5 probably the 3570 or the 3570k in case you want to oc the cpu!

@kaali i totally agree man but i think the recent k series can be oc up to 4.6ghz!(friendly)
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March 31, 2013 11:02:00 AM

The reality of all this advice is simple...

In the games that one is better for over another, if there's a drastic difference in FPS it's more than a year old and yesterday's news.

In all the games that are just coming out, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, BF 3, Metro 2033, and soon to be out GTA 5...they're all going to have a hill of beans difference between the FPS with either comparable intel or AMD product you choose.

So pick what you like. I like AMD, the bang for your buck is big there...others like intel because they think they can tell the difference between 98 and 99 FPS...(even though the human eye can generally only distinguish 30-35 FPS)

These are the facts I can provide you with to help you choose:

1. AMD socket AM3+ is supported until at least the end of steamroller(2015), so it has a better upgrade path. Intel's socket 1155 is dead after Ivy Bridge, and once haswell hits(now), the upgrade path is over for them unless you buy a new board.

2. AMD FX8350 is $172 right now, Intel i5-3570k is $219.99...check pcpartpicker.com to see what I mean.

3. The $50 you save if you buy an AMD can help you buy more graphics card...which is what you should really be concerned about if you're mostly gaming.

So, don't mind these guys, they try to push people one way or another...but you're fine in either case. I can't tell the difference between 109 and 110 FPS, I doubt anyone else can either.
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April 19, 2013 10:44:15 AM

kaali said:
Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?


I seriously recommend the A-series,a-10 would pulverise i-7 or i-5,though a8 is good too,its cheaper,and is better than those other 2
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April 27, 2013 10:57:45 AM

If it is purely for gaming and only running 1 game at a time, then the i5 series is the place you want to start looking, as they provide a good strong processor clock speed and are VERY overclockable. If you want to be editing 3D objects and/or want to be editing 1080p video AND be running multiple games, then the i7 series is where you want to start looking. The i7's enhanced processing power, hyper-threading technology, turbo-boost technology, and 4-cores/8-threads allows for massive tasks to be run and lots of em to be run at the same time. I personally use the i7-3770k on my gaming rig, simply because it fit my budget, and it is very powerful and flexible, although I have never tried overclocking because i think that anything over 4gHz is a complete waste of time and CPU life. AMD processors tend to not be as powerful for the same price as Intel processors in my experience, and although intel CPU's are not very upgrade-able, they have a wider variety of CPU's to chose from and they are very specialized until you reach the 3rd gen i7 series, and AMD uses a different CPU architecture than Intel does, which means that no matter the GPU, some games will run better than others.

Some advice: Overclocking does improve performance of a CPU depending on how much voltage and frequency you set, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST overclocking on a laptop, even a gaming one. This will increase temperatures and will reduce CPU life faster than on a desktop, and in some cases, can melt the cpu, motherboard, or even the chassis. NEVER overclock if your BIOS is locked, as it is likely locked for a reason, but in most cases, especially if you custom-built your computer, the BIOS should let you do just about anything.
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April 27, 2013 11:54:09 AM

the OP posted this thread six months ago, time to let it go
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May 9, 2013 2:54:48 AM

Dont compare this 2. Both is good for gaming. I would suggest the Intel i5 3570K processor and the Latest AMD FX processor : AMD FX 6-Core Processor black edition. Good luck :) 
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August 31, 2013 11:24:37 AM

Sir, I recently buy a GTX 650 ti boost 2gb GPU. Will you please suggest me a budget and compatible motherboard and processor.
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January 16, 2014 11:22:54 AM

vinaykumar5320 said:
kaali said:
Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?


Core i5 3570k + HD 7850. Don't look for anything else.


i have a hd 7850 and i dont think its good enough, if you want all that AA and filtering you need more power, and i would recommend nvidia! but 7850 can do most games on high without AA
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January 17, 2014 12:04:21 PM

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Well if your main purpose is gaming then there really is no point in getting an I7. It offers nothing more in performance than the cheaper I5. The main difference is the I7 has more L3 cache and hyperthreading two things that games don't even make use of right now.With the I7 cut out of the picture between the I5 and the Piledriver the I5 is the best choice, it has the best performance.



I have a dell inspiron 1525 that i use to play facebook games but after 5 mins it gets so hot it keeps shutting off. I have a 2 fan cooling pad with movable fans that wont help so i have to use a 20in standing metal fan and keep it 6 feet from my latop to avoid shutting off. Looking for a laptop that is great for gaming and wont heat up so bad. Can you help please with some recommendations for a new laptop? Thanks in advance.
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January 30, 2014 8:10:49 AM


I have a dell inspiron 1525 that i use to play facebook games but after 5 mins it gets so hot it keeps shutting off. I have a 2 fan cooling pad with movable fans that wont help so i have to use a 20in standing metal fan and keep it 6 feet from my latop to avoid shutting off. Looking for a laptop that is great for gaming and wont heat up so bad. Can you help please with some recommendations for a new laptop? Thanks in advance.
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Well the question when buying new computers is always "how much money do you have to spend?". If you are going for gaming I have found the bag for buck is best spent building a tower. I built one in 2011 for $800.00 and have there is no game I can't play on it at top graphics and should be like that for 3 or more years. When it dose slow down I can start upgrading... 2xCPU speed, 3X amount of RAM , Video card X lot... because I picked a good mother board.

Now to help you the best site for all things computer is newegg.com I have never gotten a laptop there but they have lots of helpful videos that explain what all then specs mean and whats best to buy (and how to build a tower). If money is no object Alienware is the best they are made by Dell. Next is a Dell with i5 they come with a great warranty and costumer support. Next is a toss up HP or ASUS is what I have used in the past when traveling. To buy on the cheep you should compare several expensive gaming laptops specs then compare them to what you can afford. If you do this you can see patterns and find a good deal. Like 2 dells same size processor, mother board one with less hard-drive space and/or less RAM should indicate that Hard-drive and RAM can be upgraded later and save you money now.
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February 1, 2014 11:44:00 PM

kaali said:
Hello Folks,

I have decided to go for a customized gaming PC instead of a PS3 (considering the utility of a PC), kindly suggest which processor I should buy an Intel i5 or i7 or an AMD?


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February 2, 2014 12:14:42 AM

amd is made for gaming. gaming performance of amd is terrific. but you should never use amd processor they get hot too fast. use amd ram, vga or other specs on intel processor. amd radeon series vga are best you can play battlefield 4 to assasin creed 4 on that.

if you dont want assemble your pc this way so you should buy i7. i7 already come with loaded gun. you wont have to upgrade it for another year or two but will have to upgrade it after that.
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February 3, 2014 5:48:48 AM

aliafzal189 said:
amd is made for gaming.


...right, lets let actual fact rather then idiot fan boy rants speak for themselves
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

aliafzal189 said:
amd radeon series vga are best you can play battlefield 4 to assasin creed 4 on that.


thank god you can play those games on them, too many nvidia owners launch BF4 and AC4 only to have their monitor display "these games can only be played on AMD cards"

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