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I3 2130 3300mhz 3mb+GeForce GTX 650 OR i5 3460 3200mgz 6mb+GeForce 9600GT (for G

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December 8, 2012 3:34:02 AM

Heya. I am faced with a dillema. Firstly, I have a bit of money to upgrade/change my pc. I have a very old system that was good in its time but now its done.

So far I ordered an SSD hdd 60 gb alongside my 500 gb one, 8 gb of ram ddr 3 and a Gigabyte B75-D3V, socket 1155 mainboard but I am faced with the next dillema:

I can only afford one of the following combos and they go as is:

and i3 processor Intel® CoreTM i3 2130 SandyBridge, 3400MHz, 3MB, socket 1155, Box PLUS a shiny new GeForce GTX 650 which seems an awesome card for its price.


and i5 processor Intel® CoreTM i5-3470 3200MHz, IvyBridge, 6MB, socket 1155, Box BUT I would be forced to stick to my 5 year old card which is a GeForce 9600GT. Which according to the nvidia site is not bad at all but still... its ages old.

I basically wanna be able to play most games with smooth FPS. What should I pick?

Thanks a bunch in advance.
December 8, 2012 3:41:56 AM

Definitely get an i3, but look at the 7750.
December 8, 2012 3:44:25 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
Definitely get an i3, but look at the 7750.

7750 as in the ati radeon video card? if so why just curious
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December 8, 2012 3:49:51 AM

Wait, I wasn't aware you were from Romania. What is the price of the 7750 and 650?? Just get whichever one is cheapest
December 8, 2012 3:54:03 AM

kinda equally there, the radeon is slightly cheaper but not enough to make the difference. meanwhile i noticed i could also squeeze in a Intel® CoreTM i3 2130 SandyBridge, 3400MHz, 3MB, socket 1155, Box if im sticking to i3.

Which card should I go for? A friend of mine whom I deeply respect kinda vouched for the nvidia cards for some reason.
December 8, 2012 3:54:55 AM

Also it's a no brainer that I should deffinetly get one of the video cards instead of an i5 and sticking to the 9600 gt right? I mean I sorta feel it dragging the whole system down..
December 8, 2012 4:11:37 AM

A while ago radeon had some problems. This year though amd was a clear winner. If they are the same price, go with the 650.
December 8, 2012 4:24:27 AM

I decided on a 7850. My gf is gonna hate me... guess who's getting a less fancy gift for xmas :) )
December 8, 2012 4:34:33 AM

K, that will kill the cards we've been talking about. I hope you enjoy it.
December 8, 2012 4:38:14 AM

Oh I will. I just hope karma doesn't come back to bite me back =)) It usually does when i slightly spoil myself :p  Thanks for all the help! Now if i can only persuade them to deliver today and not monday..