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Quad core with 7770 or dual core with 7870?

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January 28, 2013 10:14:38 PM

im thinking on parts for a new build, and am being forced to decide between an i5 3470 with a 7770 or an i3 with a 7870. which is better for what im going to be using? (mostly planetside 2 on low-medium, BF3 on low-medium, blacklight retributon, TF2, etc)

thanks. not sure if this should be in the CPU or GPU forums or whatever but this is for a new build so i put it in the new build section.
January 28, 2013 10:16:39 PM

you can probably do both. give me a budget range, what parts you dont need and ill get started
January 28, 2013 10:18:52 PM

Your budget.
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January 28, 2013 10:19:37 PM

TheBigTroll said:
you can probably do both. give me a budget range, what parts you dont need and ill get started


i need everything (monitor, mouse, keyboard, PC)

and i dont want it to go over $900 but $850 would be the sweetspot probably. i also prefer everything came from Newegg or Amazon
January 28, 2013 10:33:45 PM

gommer556 said:
im thinking on parts for a new build, and am being forced to decide between an i5 3470 with a 7770 or an i3 with a 7870. which is better for what im going to be using? (mostly planetside 2 on low-medium, BF3 on low-medium, blacklight retributon, TF2, etc)

thanks. not sure if this should be in the CPU or GPU forums or whatever but this is for a new build so i put it in the new build section.


Planetside 2 is more CPU heavy, although a strong GPU is also required. go with the 1st build or save up a little bit more and get the 7870 and the i5, trust me you wont regret it.
January 28, 2013 10:35:57 PM

TheBigTroll said:
get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AaxM

-CPU can be price matched at us.ncix so you get free shipping



alright, thanks. cant find anything i dont like about it.
January 28, 2013 10:39:09 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ230ED 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $869.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

There's a combo ram + cpu, this one is from ivybridge architecture.
Also with monitor+keyboard+mouse+os.
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