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Better CPU + good GPU vs Good CPU + Better GPU?

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  • 7870
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  • Intel i5
  • 7950
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Last response: in Graphics Cards
March 31, 2013 3:06:55 AM

Hey guys,

As the title suggests, I'm quite in a limited budget here so i need some of your opinions (and possibly what i should do).

The question is, which one do i go with, a high end CPU partnered with a mid-GPU or the opposite:

im choosing between

i5-3470 and a HD 7950
or i5-3570K and a 7870 LE

each pair costs approx. the same, and i cant go with a 3570K + 7950, so which one is better for gaming and no(/small) overclockings. thanks!

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March 31, 2013 5:04:08 AM

I'd go for the i5 3570K/HD7870LE combination, there's headroom for overclocking the CPU (just add a decent cooler during the build) and the 7870LE is not that much slower than a 7950 (sob).
The non K CPU's cannot be overclocked BTW.
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March 31, 2013 5:07:54 AM

get i5-3570K and a 7870 LE
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March 31, 2013 8:41:50 AM

how bout if i wont overclock?

and more on the gaming side?
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March 31, 2013 8:44:05 AM

then i5 3470 + hd 7950
March 31, 2013 9:17:58 AM

ASHISH65 said:
then i5 3470 + hd 7950

if im planning on using it for gaming (until the next few years) do you recommend that i go with the 3570K and just do overclocking?
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March 31, 2013 9:24:00 AM

i5 3570k will last longer due to oc and there is not a big difference between hd 7870le and hd 7950.even i5 k + hd 7870le is good