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Which Intel 3rd gen should I choose?

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February 27, 2013 3:42:02 PM

Hi,

I am in the process of choosing a CPU for my first-ever homebuilt system, so I don't know much about hardware.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gmh1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gmh1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gmh1/benchmarks/

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus MX239H 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $608.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 12:35 EST-0500)

I would really like an i5 with HD 4000, so I have been looking at the Intel Core i5-3570K. However, I do not plan to do any overclocking, so I was wondering if there is a better choice for me out there?

The PC will be our main living room PC, so it will be used for normal desktop computing and multimedia (serving movies, music, photos etc) but also stuff like Photoshop, coding and maybe some Blender 3D.

Thanks.

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February 27, 2013 8:50:53 PM

If you are going to be using this a multimedia computer, i would suggest getting a discrete graphics card. integrated graphics are never really that great.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.27 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $643.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 17:50 EST-0500)

A lesser graphics card would still handle mulitmedia fine, but this seems like a decent card for your budget
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