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February 21, 2013 11:07:29 AM

Hey guys , I have a big confusion of choosing the cpu + gpu . ***I haven't bought the CPU , Mobo , GPU and PSU .***

I play games like BF3 , GTA 4 , Crysis 2 at 1366 x 768 . Hoping to upgrade to 1080p display in the future .

Either Core i5 3470 + HD 6570 OR Core i3 3220 + HD 6870 .

Other part of build :
Mobo : MSI Z77MA-G45
PSU : Corsair TX650 650W
RAM : 8GB Kingston


Or should I keep the HD 6870 and lower the budget for Mobo and PSU ?
Like this ?

CPU : i3 3220----------------------------CPU : i5 3470
Mobo : MSI Z77MA-G45----------------Mobo: MSI B75MA-P45
PSU : Corsair TX650 650W------------PSU: CM GX 550W
GPU : HD 6870---------------------------GPU : HD6870

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February 24, 2013 1:40:07 AM

I suggest getting the i5 and then upgrading the GPU, it's easier upgrading a GPU. The 6570 is not an amazing GPU but will play those games with some settings turned down, what is your exact budget?
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February 24, 2013 2:16:20 AM

$600 .
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February 24, 2013 1:51:03 PM

I would suggest buying the i3 and a better GPU, such as the 7850 or 7770.
EDIT: My bad i meant to say i5
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February 24, 2013 5:54:57 PM

Muks2386 said:

CPU : i3 3220----------------------------CPU : i5 3470
Mobo : MSI Z77MA-G45----------------Mobo: MSI B75MA-P45
PSU : Corsair TX650 650W------------PSU: CM GX 550W
GPU : HD 6870---------------------------GPU : HD6870


Well it all depends on what YOU want your rig to do... but I wouldn't suggest the i3 or the 6870.

Of course if you're not trying to run any current AAA games on ultra than it looks like a capable PC for some MMO gaming, VALVe games... ect.

I'd recommend going with the i5 and use your remaining money to buy perhaps a 7870. It might be a little every cash, but GPU's aren't things you should skimp on.

Think of it like this - spend an extra $50-$100 on a GPU now, and be set for about a year or two. Or spend $150 and have to upgrade again in only a few months.
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February 24, 2013 9:51:23 PM

Thanks guys . Decided to go with a Core i5 + HD 7850 2GB . (:
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February 24, 2013 10:54:52 PM

300BlindSuns said:
Great choice :) 

Agreed, which one was it?( The i5 )
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February 25, 2013 3:12:59 AM

Blue_Toaster said:
Agreed, which one was it?( The i5 )

Core i5 3570k.
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