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  1. I would go with an i3 for sure and use the money for a 7850 or 7870.
  2. Most games that will come out will utilize quad cores. the i3 is a great processor, don't get me wrong, but I don't think 2 cores will cut it. This is planning to last him around 4-5 years, so I wanted to get a good processor that will last him, and he can upgrade the GPU more easily than the CPU.
  3. It is just as easy to upgrade the CPU. the i5 and i7 share the same socket at the i3. If he goes with an i3 and a better GPU he will be able to play games on high/ ultra now. If he goes with the i5 and 7770 he will only be able to game on mostly medium and some high settings for about a year before he would need an upgrade.

    To me it makes more sense to build the best possible gaming system for now and then upgrade the CPU later when the game technology needs it and not have to worry about the GPU.

    Its basically just between playing on medium/ high now or playing on ultra now.
  4. Not really. The 7770 and the i5 3750k play BF3 on ultra at around 30-40 FPS.

    He could also just throw in another 7770 at christmas and have some insane preformance there too.

    He does alot of video rendering etc, so he needs the extra cores. We we're going to go AMD for that, but Intel preforms nicely in rendering and way better then AMD in gaming.
  5. Can you order from NewEgg?
  6. Nope, we're planning on building this week. Otherwise I would :P
  7. Check out the newest review of Catalyst 12.11 with the 7770 from Techpowerup. The test setup is an i7-3770K & 8gb DDR3 1600. High 20's to low 30's on Ultra. That's a single player benchmark.
  8. You'll want to be sure to get a CPU cooler if you're planning to overclock. If not, go with an H77/B75 MOBO and an i5 3470. You'll save a lot of money.

    Better GPU for $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687
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