[POLL] Intel core i5 or Intel core i7 for this custom PC Tags: New Build Intel i7 Intel Intel i5 Systems Last response: October 9, 2012 2:36 PM in Systems Share beegeepee October 9, 2012 12:18:25 PM So, I am building a $1,200 gaming PC: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jAWD should I upgrade to an i7 CPU? I was told with the video card I currently selected I woudln't use it to it's fullest potential on an i5. Let me know if it is worth upgrading to the i7. Also, if there are any other things you would change with the build please let me know what and why. THANKS! More about : poll intel core intel core custom excella1221 October 9, 2012 12:55:41 PM Whoever told you that doesn't know what he's talking about. The i5-3570k performs essentially the same as the i7-3770k on games. The only time you will need an i7 is if you do heavy CPU-based tasks like video rendering. P.S - that's an awesome build. Kiowa789 October 9, 2012 2:25:32 PM Go with an i5 3570k for gaming. use that extra money for a graphics card. Related resources [ POLL ] Intel core i5 or Intel core i7 for this custom PC - Forum BestConfigs Poll - High-End Intel Gaming PC - Forum I7 920 vs i5 750 vs i7 860 Poll - Forum Intel core i5 or i7 ? - Forum Intel Core i3, i5 , i7 in a DG965RY Desktop boards - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer ss202sl October 9, 2012 2:34:54 PM ^+1. if you're just gaming stay with an I5, and spend more on the video card. AdrianPerry October 9, 2012 2:36:01 PM Pretty sure you need 3 of those 7970's on a single motherboard before you start to the the i5 bottleneck anything. As the rest have said, you'll have no problems, go with the i5 and either save the rest of the money, or put it towards something that will give some noticeable performance gains Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumAMD Bulldozer FX 8120 VS Intel core i5 2500k ForumPOLL i5 or i7 for my custom build ForumIntel Core i7 3770k / i7 3770 / i5 3570k for advanced calculus ForumAMD Phenom II X4 955 vs Intel Core i7 2600K sandy bridge/ ForumIntel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz vs intel i5 3.3 ghz? ForumBestConfigs Poll - Budget Intel Gaming PC ForumHTPC Mobo+CPU ~$150 ForumCheck this NAS build and RAID help ForumWill 500 watt be enough for this system ? ForumWould this adapter work Forum1000$ Gaming PC build, help appreciated. Forum[Solved] I need a quick answer as my friend is ready to order this PC ForumIs this a good gaming PC? ForumIntegrated Intel HD Graphics will it work with cpu? ForumOpinion on this PC? ( First ever build ) More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !