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January 24, 2013 9:17:56 PM

can someone tell me the different between the i5 and the i7? i'm leaning towards the i7, also a nice board between $100.00-$130.00 range.

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January 24, 2013 9:22:14 PM

Video editing simulations etc. then i7
Gaming; save the money and get an i5, hey get a nice gpu while you are at it.
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January 24, 2013 9:25:41 PM

i7 runs 8 threads using "hyperthreading" to really milk its 4 cores.

i5 is pretty much an i7 that has no hyperthreading and thus only runs 4 threads.

Hyperthreading helps with things like video editing, but doesn't do much for gaming.
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January 24, 2013 10:00:05 PM

will i notice the different between them for "gaming"
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January 24, 2013 10:21:43 PM

gomer68 said:
will i notice the different between them for "gaming"


No. For gaming alone stick to the i5.
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January 24, 2013 10:24:11 PM

Core i5 for gaming. Hyper threading offers like, 0.7% increase in gaming performance compared to an i5, it's not worth a quarter of that extra frame.
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January 24, 2013 10:44:47 PM

Yep, no need for an i7 for gaming. Tons of software can take advantage of those phantom cores though (hyperthreading). For a motherboard, ASRock Extreme 4. Its a reliable, fast and affordable board.
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January 24, 2013 10:46:29 PM

payturr said:
Core i5 for gaming. Hyper threading offers like, 0.7% increase in gaming performance compared to an i5, it's not worth a quarter of that extra frame.


In a lot of cases it actually makes the game run SLOWER.

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January 24, 2013 10:53:26 PM

DarkSable said:
In a lot of cases it actually makes the game run SLOWER.

are you talking about the i7 running the game slower?
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January 24, 2013 10:56:51 PM

gomer68 said:
are you talking about the i7 running the game slower?


Yes he is.
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January 24, 2013 11:12:21 PM

gomer68 said:
will i notice the different between them for "gaming"


Not at all. The i7 is at most going to be 1-2% faster, and in some cases slower. Save the $100, go for the i5, and put the savings toward a GPU where there really is going to be a difference.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/38421-intel-core-i5-3...
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