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I3 3225 vs i5 3570 - HELP (1st Build)

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November 15, 2012 6:07:07 PM

Hello Forum,

I'm currently building my very first custom PC and it is a Mini ITX as well. I'm needing some help from the experts because I've trolling YouTube and Google trying to find answers but everything I find is outdated or un-related.

I'm going to be using this PC for normal day to day use (internet, office, etc) along with gaming here and there. I'm on a budget but also wanting something that will perform well and last awhile.

Option 1: i3 3225
Option 2: i5 3570

Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI

Option 1: XFX 7770
Option 2: nVidia 550ti

8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws

120GB SSD + 1TB HDD 7200RPM

550W Fatal1ty

Bitfenix Prodigy

- Thanks in Advance!

More about : 3225 3570 1st build

November 15, 2012 6:15:02 PM

Big problem I'm facing is

Option 1: i3 W/ Better GPU
Option 2: i5 W/ Lesser GPU

I understand the basic differences (i3 hyper-threads w/o tubro & i5 turbo w/o hyper-threads - essentially the same amount of processing ability...just speed differences). So I'm stuck since I've never seen anyone with less than an i7 where I'm at but they do hardcore editing or gaming so I don't need what they need.
November 15, 2012 6:33:25 PM

I highly recommend the 7770 over the 550Ti. The i5 is a quad core w/turbo and the i3 is a dual core with hyperthreading but w/o turbo. While there aren't a ton of games out in which a quad core makes a huge difference there are some (BF3 multiplayer for instance).

An i7 will almost never be a better choice over an an i5 in regards to gaming performance relative to the cost difference between the two.

My recommendation would be to go with the i5 and the 7770 if you can afford it now as that combination should have a much longer gaming lifespan and best upgrade path over the i3/550Ti or i3/7770 combo. You would likely only want to upgrade your video card in two years for example, whereas with the i3 you would be looking at a processor and gpu upgrade in two years (assuming you are trying to keep up with current releases).

Edit: If you are trying to keep your video card budget ~$100 to accomodate the i5, this would be the better choice over the 550Ti:
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November 19, 2012 4:01:20 PM

I went with an i5 but the 34 instead of 35 because if the price difference. .2 mhz wasn't enough for me to spend $45 more on it.

Figured the i5 would mean I'm only upgrading the GPU later if I want instead of the GPU and CPU like you said.

November 19, 2012 5:04:57 PM

Good choice, imo. Enjoy the build!