Exodus, on Dec 08, 2012 - 10:08 PM, said:
True but there are still games that synergize better with a quad core cpus than with a dual core.. but again thats another chapter (MMO's still need only 2 cores). I'm still positive that going for an i5 would be better cause you might be building this pc for B&S but im 100% sure you wont be Just Playing B&S..
(Im offtrack from the prices so correct me if im wrong)
The difference from the dual-core and the quad core is what? 100 bucks? and you get a better performance insurance to use your pc in the next years to come without lacking cores. You said it yourself that computers are not meant to last forever, So if i can pay 100 bucks more to get lets say a Extra year of not needing to upgrade my rig
But again... its all preference
The cost of an i3 3220 is $120 for the cpu + $70 for a decent H77 motherboard; $190
The cost of an i5 3570k is $215for the cpu + $110 for a decent Z77 motherboard + $30 for an after market cooler; $355
That's a $165 difference. For someone on a tight budget this usually means +/- $165 spent on a Graphics Card.
The i3 3220 is a hyper-threaded CPU, 2 physical CPU cores, 4 CPU threads, basically 2+2ht, the hyper threaded cores, if i recall correctly provide about 50% the performance of a physical core.
Now, there is a difference between the i3 and i5:
In Games like Blade & Soul that can only use really 2 CPU threads and are very light on CPU usage the i3 only starts performing notably worse when paired with a 680 or better.
In Games that can utilize all 4 threads on both the i3 and i5 Like Skyrim and Diablo 3 the i5 performs about 30% better. However when more GPU intensive games start making use of 4 threads, you'll still need a gpu good enough to keep up with your cpu.
Starcraft 2 is an extremely CPU intensive game. It also cannot make use of more than 2 cores. Other RTS games are also going to be heavily CPU intensive because of the large amounts of CPU calculations that need to happen for the possible 100s of units on your screen at a time. People who predominantly play this Genre of video games are the ones who need an i5 3570k. Not because of the extra cores but because of overclocking to gain more performance per core.
And in the near future when games do utilize all 4 cores,the i3, along with the i5, will benefit from the increase in performance and they're still going to have to be as CPU intensive as Starcraft 2 to warrant the step up to an i5.
However, if someone works in content creation; 3d modelling, streaming, video rendering and the like then an i5 3570k is going to be a minimum requirement as these types of programs are going to use as much CPU power as you can feed them.
Programs that you'd use alongside gaming like a chat client, browser with 5 or so tabs and a flash video playing, maybe a music player as well are not going to make much of a difference as they barely use any CPU power to begin with. you'll be fine using those while gaming on an i3.
This post has been edited by Fatal: Dec 10, 2012 - 10:58 PM