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December 15, 2012 2:12:00 PM

I am in the process of putting together and new computer. My plan is to buy parts here and there when there's a good sale on them. I'm making this PC for gaming mostly, since I've had a crappy Alien Ware laptop which is total trash. I've been reading that an I5 is better than an I7 for gaming is this true?

I have been out of the computer building market for awhile and need help finding a CPU that is fast and I can overclock.

Thanks for your time

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December 15, 2012 2:19:28 PM

An i5 isn't necessarily better than an i7, but it offers basically identical performance for a significantly reduced price.
Games don't utilize the extra threads from Hyperthreading really. On occasion they can actually reduce performance.
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December 15, 2012 2:19:45 PM

For the price the I5 is the better choice for gaming, almost equal. I5 3570K matched with a Z77 board is the preferred choice at the moment.
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