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i3 or i5 for gaming?

Hi, do high graphical settings-demanding games like bf3 need to be ran by a quad core?

Putting aside the graphics card, can dual core handle a high graphical (sorry can't get the exact words to explain it) games?

Please do not suggest to get a graphics card, of course I know that. I just want to know what processor is better to run games and I will not use it for video editing, just pure gaming. thanks.
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  1. i5. As fast as you will need for quite some time.
  2. rhjr01 said:
    i3 or i5 for gaming?

    Hi, do high graphical settings-demanding games like bf3 need to be ran by a quad core?

    Putting aside the graphics card, can dual core handle a high graphical (sorry can't get the exact words to explain it) games?

    Please do not suggest to get a graphics card, of course I know that. I just want to know what processor is better to run games and I will not use it for video editing, just pure gaming. thanks.


    The i5 is the best choice.

    Games which supports quad-core CPUs will be running slower on a dual-core CPU. A game such as BF3 will not run well on a dual-core during multiplayer.
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    The i5 is the best choice, but in every game that is not an MMO or BF3 style with 64+ players, an i3 is going to keep pace just fine. Speaking in terms of gaming, if you have to choose between the better processor and better video card, go with the video card. The i3 may not be as beefy as an i5, but it will still run every game out there well.
  4. Bolivious said:
    The i5 is the best choice, but in every game that is not an MMO or BF3 style with 64+ players, an i3 is going to keep pace just fine. Speaking in terms of gaming, if you have to choose between the better processor and better video card, go with the video card. The i3 may not be as beefy as an i5, but it will still run every game out there well.


    +1 to this. Obviously the i5 will be a little bit faster, but if the price difference is important to you, you won't be crippling your performance by using an i3 - it's still a genuinely capable processor.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/far-cry-3-performance-benchmark,review-32584-7.html
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