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I3 vs i5 for 2GB 560TI

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December 18, 2012 1:46:53 AM

Hello,
I recently got an evga 2gb 560ti for $40. I know. Hard to pass up. So with that news, I started buying components on black friday, and now Im on to the final steps. I'm on a budget, and I do not ever plan on getting a different gpu. I currently have a 620w antec psu, and 8gb of gskill as the other relevant components.

Will the increase I see in fps between an i3 3220 vs the cheapest ivy i5 really be worth the extra money? I play at 1080p. Thanks!

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December 18, 2012 1:51:33 AM

Nope, overall it will perform the same for some time until games require heavier processing power. If you get the i3 you shouldn't be disappointing.
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December 18, 2012 1:52:03 AM

razr125 said:
Hello,
I recently got an evga 2gb 560ti for $40. I know. Hard to pass up. So with that news, I started buying components on black friday, and now Im on to the final steps. I'm on a budget, and I do not ever plan on getting a different gpu. I currently have a 620w antec psu, and 8gb of gskill as the other relevant components.

Will the increase I see in fps between an i3 3220 vs the cheapest ivy i5 really be worth the extra money? I play at 1080p. Thanks!



By the way, Im not against going AMD if anyone actually has a viable option. I build workstations for the place I work, and have built almost exclusively around the 2700k and now 3770k processors. From what I have seen though, intel's g860 would be a better option than most of the late AMD alternatives. :p 
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December 18, 2012 1:54:06 AM

andrewcarr said:
Nope, overall it will perform the same for some time until games require heavier processing power. If you get the i3 you shouldn't be disappointing.


Ok. I sold my latest build, so i am back to my ancient amd athlon x2. That paired with a sapphire 5670 is getting a tad bit weak.
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December 18, 2012 1:58:12 AM

If you live near a microcenter store, you can get a i5 2500k for $160 or a i5 3450 for $140. If you need a mobo also you can get a i5 3570k for $190 and a $40 credit on a mobo.
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December 18, 2012 2:01:44 AM

Goodeggray said:
If you live near a microcenter store, you can get a i5 2500k for $160 or a i5 3450 for $140. If you need a mobo also you can get a i5 3570k for $190 and a $40 credit on a mobo.


Nearest one is 6 hours away. I thought about it. Im limited to newegg and amazon. I found a nice asrock b75 for $70. That will take 16gb, as I just got another kit of 8gb for free. I was leaning g870 originally until i decided 4 threads might be nice.
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December 18, 2012 2:06:31 AM

For gaming with that GPU you won't need more than a i3. You should get the same FPS.
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December 18, 2012 2:12:21 AM

andrewcarr said:
For gaming with that GPU you won't need more than a i3. You should get the same FPS.


I have been out of the gaming world a bit recently. I pulled the card out of a workstation. Some people are too dull to understand that quadro drivers in fact DO make a difference. So thats the reason Im not going for a different card. What do you think a 3220 with an overclocked 2gb 560ti would get for fps on say, bf3 of bo2 on 1080p and close to maxed graphics?
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December 18, 2012 2:14:18 AM

razr125 said:
Nearest one is 6 hours away. I thought about it. Im limited to newegg and amazon. I found a nice asrock b75 for $70. That will take 16gb, as I just got another kit of 8gb for free. I was leaning g870 originally until i decided 4 threads might be nice.



The i3 is a surprisingly capable gaming processor, it's only downfall is multi player online gaming.


If you are going to be playing games like online bf3, a 4 core i5 is a must.
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December 18, 2012 2:20:12 AM

maxalge said:
The i3 is a surprisingly capable gaming processor, it's only downfall is multi player online gaming.


If you are going to be playing games like online bf3, a 4 core i5 is a must.


Would dropping the level of detail make it doable? I dont insist on playing on ultra settings. 1080p is the only thing that has to stay. And this(Overclocked to its max) 5670 can pull 1080 on mw3, black ops, grid, dirt 2, etc. Or is it the mass amount of people on the servers that creates the issue?
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December 18, 2012 2:23:31 AM

It's the CPU usage of multiplayer matches in BF3 that's the killer. No matter what you do to the graphics, it won't reduce CPU load in that case.

BF3 eats dual cores for breakfast, only a nice quad core will satisfy it.
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December 18, 2012 2:26:41 AM

azathoth said:
It's the CPU usage of multiplayer matches in BF3 that's the killer. No matter what you do to the graphics, it won't reduce CPU load in that case.

BF3 eats dual cores for breakfast, only a nice quad core will satisfy it.


So in BF3, a 965BE would outperform an i3(maybe), but and i3 walks away from it in other games. Correct? Semester is coming soon, and I'd really like to keep this cheap. However, i can work another 2 weeks if it is worth getting a z77 and a 3570k. Keep in mind, that 560ti is as good as this build will ever get. It feels like an i5 will be overkill. :??: 
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December 18, 2012 2:51:06 AM

Best answer selected by Razr125.
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December 18, 2012 2:51:21 AM

If you're doing okay on an athlon x2 then you should be fine with the i3 although the i5 is of course better.
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December 18, 2012 2:52:20 AM

In an effort to get my family gifts as well this Christmas, I ordered up the i3 3220. When it all gets put together I will let you know how it goes. Thanks all.
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December 18, 2012 2:58:01 AM

Okay good luck with the build.
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