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December 26, 2012 6:54:53 PM

i3 or i5.

I have debating getting a i5-3570 processor, but I do not have much money for this computer. I am therefore maybe going to get an i3-2130.

I was just wondering wether or not this was a good decision or I should save more money and buy the i5?

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December 26, 2012 7:29:47 PM

It depends what you are using this PC for. If it is for gaming or very heavy applications, I would suggest an i5. You can always look at the lower priced i5's. The i5-3330 is typically $25 less than the i5-3570. While that really isn't alot of savings, you can also save some money in your motherboard selection. If you do not intend to overclock you could get an H77 motherboard rather than Z77 to save some money in combination with a lower clocked i5.

Secondly, I would also look at the AMD FX-6300 which is 6 cores and performs between the i3 and i5 depending on the application of game. You can also get the AMD motherboard relatively cheap.

I would consider the above 2 options before lowering to an i3 unless you really need to keep the price down. The i5 will run pretty much whatever you throw at it as it as 4 cores over the 2 Hyperthreaded cores in an i3.
December 26, 2012 7:33:55 PM

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If you do not intend to overclock you could get an H77 motherboard rather than Z77 to save some money in combination with a lower clocked i5.


Does this mean that I will need a h77 motherboard for th i5 or can I choose to get a motherboard such as: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-b75ma-p45-intel-b75-...
December 26, 2012 8:41:07 PM

I would take an H77 over B75. B75 are more for business machines.
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