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i5 or i7 for new PC? Confusing..

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#16 Roger H.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 13:00

I haven't used new systems in a while but it was always my conclusion that CPUs don't matter for general computing these days. The basic i5 is more than fast enough for those needs. When you get into specific job types (rendering/editing and such) then you might benefit. Gaming (in recent years) has always been GPU limited rather than CPU (IMO)


As for the OP, i'd go for the i5 and call it a day. My Core i3 is still chugging along nicely and all I did was put a SSD in there and it flies now as a result. Still I want to upgrade my laptop with a Haswell version and i'll prolly get a Core i5 this time for more demanding tasks that I plan on doing.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 13:16

Buy whatever you can afford to, simple as that.


Why would you buy an i5 if you have the money for an i7?

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 13:28

Buy whatever you can afford to, simple as that.


Why would you buy an i5 if you have the money for an i7?


Why would you buy a Ferrari if you're driving it to work every day. 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 13:34

The type of processor you have will mean very little when it comes to CPU speed.. what?!


I mean the processor i5, or i7 - these days you cant visually tell which is faster without looking in the properties of the computer. 
Eg - threw a SSD in my sisters 5 year old laptop, now it performs as fast as any laptop today, the cpu has little to do with performance unless doing hardcore number crunching like video editing.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 13:51

Look, to solve the argument just get an i6!