First of all thanks to you all in the community for a great forum - I'm getting back into PC building and the site has been a great help in many regards.
I do have one question I'd like to run by you though. I'm currently planning to upgrade my CPU from a core 2 duo E8400 and I was looking at 2 alternatives:
I5 3570k or i3 3220
I have win 8, 8 gigs of RAM and an ATI HD 7770.
The only heavy lifting this CPU will do is gaming. I don't necessarily want to run everything at max settings, but would appreciate to play recent games in 1920x1080 with slightly nicer gfx than my Xbox 360. I WON'T be doing rendering, video editing, etc.
Would the i3 3220 be enough? The i5 is nearly twice as expensive here in the UK. I could use the difference to buy an SSD. Given that my mobo will run ivy bridge CPUs, I could even upgrade to an i5 down the line.
Also, will I be seeing enough of an upgrade compared to my now ancient E8400 (which is still at stock clock)?
Many, many thanks in advance for your help with this, and merry Xmas to y'all!
i3 will work perfecly because most games dont use more than 2 cores+i3 has hyperthreading which means windows will detect it at 4 core CPU and 2 real cores and 2 virtual cores thatsl ike 4 real cores almost so works perfecly
With the graphics card you've got right now you're unlikely to see a significant improvement from your Core 2 Duo.
Intel's Core i5 CPU's are currently the best CPU's for gaming so if you can afford getting one go for it!You can add an SSD later.
i3 3220 is more than sufficient for 7770 ... your gpu is your bottleneck not the i3 .. to play maxed out in 1080p you need a better gpu like 7850 or higher.. an i5 (i5 3470) would be the ideal choice but i3 will do the job for you with better gpu...
The Core i3-3220 is fine for games since the vast majority of games only use 2 cores.
The Core i5-3570k is naturally better for games since it has 4 cores just in case you play those few games (in comparison to 2 core games) that can make use of 4 cores; like BF3. It also can be overclocked to further improve performance in games that are dependent on the CPU.
Naturally, the Core i5-3750k costs more so if you have a limited budget, then just go for the i3-3220.
Just to make sure you understand your Graphic card will be a bottle neck whichever Processor you get So i3 would be more than enough...
I would go with the i5 3570k... and a Second 7770 to run Crossfire for the best deal and run games at better settings (NO SSD)
Make sure you have enough of ""horsepower"" out of your PSU of you want this deal
SSD can be given up for now as it is not essential for gaming...
from what I read in this forum, I think core i3 is good enough for gaming since there aren't much game that need quad core and with the price $120, it's lot cheaper than core i5.
that's why I think core i3 3220 is one of the best mid-range gaming processor http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Good enough for gaming is the perfect way to describe an i3. It wont be very good at running multiple programs simultaniously but it will game with the best of em... until the game market fully shifts to quads as it has already begun doing..