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Could a i3 (3240) handle a gtx660 and perform well in game?

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March 5, 2013 7:07:46 PM

Just to know..
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March 5, 2013 7:36:10 PM

For most games, yes. A few recent reviews (e.g. today's on Crysis 3) suggest that even a hyperthreaded i3 may not offer great performance in the newest titles at the highest settings. With a few things turned down though, I'm sure any good game would still be enjoyable.
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March 5, 2013 7:52:55 PM

^This. That is a pretty decent budget combo. If buying new, I would probably choose an FX 6300 over the i3. If that is the combo you already have, then game on. :D 
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March 5, 2013 8:05:55 PM

I was looking for the 4gen Intel. But if it's AMD ill go 8320
Or, if in the end of June they release a new 8core cpu. Not the top, but the second best.
Another thing : are 8*** really 8 core or just 4 core 8 thereds?
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March 6, 2013 1:58:02 PM

The are 8 core.
March 6, 2013 7:14:52 PM

Then how are they in the same performance as a the i5?
March 6, 2013 7:16:34 PM

currently i own q8400 + GTX 560 i was thinking about going for the same combo i3 32** + gtx 660, but is it worth it going for i3 or should i spend some more(wich i dont have right now) and get an i5 33**??
March 6, 2013 7:23:16 PM

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currently i own q8400 + GTX 560 i was thinking about going for the same combo i3 32** + gtx 660, but is it worth it going for i3 or should i spend some more(wich i dont have right now) and get an i5 33**??


If you don't have the money then wait for the 4gen.
But I was asking that because I would later upgrade for an i7
If it's game only the the fx8350/fx8320/fx6300 would be better and cheaper
March 6, 2013 7:54:24 PM

i dont know why but i'm a little reluctant to go for the i3, i think the upgrade wont be so substantial, i play @ 1920 x 1080 and i want to max out everything i can (within the budget) and thats why i wanted to know
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March 6, 2013 7:55:48 PM

The i3 is a great chip. You could get it now and get an i5 or i7 later. I would probably still go FX 6300 though. The prices of the FX 6300 and the i3's are pretty comparable. As long as you get a decent motherboard, you should get the steamroller bious update. An 83xx series chip is i5 territory.
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March 6, 2013 8:08:49 PM

The reason for the 8xxx CPUs performing as well as the intel i5s, is because a bunch of games/programs only use one thread, some using two, fewer using four, and even fewer using more than four.

Examples:
Xebra - PS1 Emulator - Uses 1 core - i5 wins.
Call of Juarez - Vidya game - Uses 2 cores - i5 wins.
Skyrim - Vidya game - Uses 4 cores - The 8xxx and the I5 trade blows.
World Machine 2 - Heightmap creation program - Uses as many cores as you can throw at it - the 8xxx wins by a VERY large margin.

Might change though, what with the PS4 having 8 cores as well.
March 6, 2013 9:03:59 PM

eventually all games will get advantage of more cores (i think)maybe amd will rule at gaming then, only thing that keeps me with intel is that the chips have lower tdp and run cooler(and of course are better at most games at the time), since i dont overclock i dont spend money in cooling(have an old thermaltake fan q8400 runs @ 35 C idle) so i prefer intel
March 6, 2013 9:12:14 PM

Humm then a fx6300 is good enough or should I go 8***?
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