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I3-3220 + HD 7850 VS i5-3470 + HD 7770

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November 1, 2012 4:04:52 PM

Hey people, i am building a system and i was wondering which combination would be better for just pure gaming? I am going to be gaming on a 23'' LG TV 1080p, and i will be playing games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Dishonored, etc. Which combination would be better for gaming?

EDIT: Also, are both the CPUs and GPUs compatible with the ASRock H77M motherboard?

More about : 3220 7850 3470 7770

a c 278 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 4:11:12 PM

Depends on what CPU and GPU you're planning on using.
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November 1, 2012 4:17:25 PM

Id love to shop at newegg but im from the UK so all the prices are ridiculous unfortunately, also i want to ask another question, will the i3 be capable of running future games as people say that more and more games are using more than 2 cores so that gets me worried :( 
a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 4:21:25 PM

Yes on your compatability question...

Between those two options I would roll with the bigger GPU, however the HD 7770 will do fine at 1080 resolution. How about sticking with the i5 and considering an HD 6870 ($160ish after rebate) to offset costs?

FYI - The i5-3570 is currently $200 @ Newegg after promo code.
a c 278 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 4:25:43 PM

twelve25 said:
Uh, those are in the title...

For pure gaming, better graphics card every time. i3 and 7850 easily over i5 and 7770. There's a 7870 for 7850 prices right now, too, so i'd get that one and go i3+7870.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Didn't see that. :lol: 

Oh yeah I'd definitely go for the better GPU.

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FYI - The i5-3570 is currently $200 @ Newegg after promo code.


Doesn't make sense to get the 3570 unless you're getting the K model.
November 1, 2012 4:29:35 PM

I am from the UK and the prices are ridiculous so i dont have many options...
a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 4:31:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Doesn't make sense to get the 3570 unless you're getting the K model.


Same price as the 3470 and slightly higher clock speed. Why not?
November 1, 2012 4:39:40 PM

Doesn't make sense to get the 3570 unless you're getting the K model.[/quotemsg]

Read the comments that people writed: "it doesn't need to be K version"
a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 4:49:21 PM

The AMD FX 43XX chip isn't that bad either if it's priced properly.
November 1, 2012 4:50:40 PM

How's the AMD FX-4170? 4.2 whopping GHz wow but apparently the i3 beats it in gaming? :o 
a c 278 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 5:03:57 PM

sadams04 said:
Same price as the 3470 and slightly higher clock speed. Why not?


Because there's no difference between 3.2 and 3.3 GHz, when on idle Sandy and Ivy Bridge run at 1/2 the speed and even at full use you're not gaining anything. You're paying extra for no performance gain. Put that money instead in the GPU.

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Read the comments that people writed: "it doesn't need to be K version"


Even if it doesn't there's no point in getting that particular CPU if you're not getting the unlocked model.

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How's the AMD FX-4170? 4.2 whopping GHz wow but apparently the i3 beats it in gaming? :o 


Yeah the i3 does beat it, and I don't think I would go for FX right now.
November 1, 2012 5:04:04 PM

sadams04 said:
Yes on your compatability question...

Between those two options I would roll with the bigger GPU, however the HD 7770 will do fine at 1080 resolution. How about sticking with the i5 and considering an HD 6870 ($160ish after rebate) to offset costs?
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The 7770 will do low or medium at 1080p, but it's not ideal.
a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2012 6:13:20 PM

No, only the 4300 is worthwhile. I only mentioned it because you were worried about multicore performance at which the 4300 does beat the i3.
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