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Alright I have a quick question for you guys and want some opinions. I'm looking to build an HTPC that will also serve as a gaming rig too for my living room. I'm planning on running a 6870 or a 560 though I am leaning towards the 6870 as prices seem to be in the range that I am willing to spend. Seems like I can build an i5 750 rig or an i7 920 rig for about the same price right now. I know a 920 might be a little over kill but a little extra power never hurts. What do you guys think is the better option?

Games played: Skyrim, Dead Island, Batman AC, Batman AA, Assassins Creed, and any upcoming game that is compatible with controller.

Thanks

ps. If this is in the wrong section please move. I figured the question is really around which of the two processor/mobo combo is best bang for the buck so thought this was a good place to post.
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if you can get i5-750 and i7-920 for around the same price then of course get the i7. But if the i7 cost more, than I would spend the extra $ to get a better video card. Skyrim (once DX11 pack comes out) and Batman requires more GPU power than CPU. Plus the i5 isn't bad at all.

Maybe look into i3-2100. It performs the same as the i5-750, but you might able to set up the same machine for cheaper or same price. Why go with i3 is because it uses the 1155 socket. Where in the future you can simply plug in a better cpu from SB or if you get a compatible mobo now you can stick in Ivy Bridge.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20

Here is a review between the two. If the i3-2100 can cost less, than use the money saved for a better GPU. Try to aim for the GTX 560 Ti or the HD 6950 2GB.
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I have actually considered the SB I3's. They do seem to perform very well from all the tests I have seen. A i3 2100 w.mobo will run close to the same price as the other systems. Would it be worth giving up the extra cores for better single threaded performance? The games that come to mind are BC2 and BF3.
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Is $271 for CPU and motherboard too much? Because I would go with an i5 2300 combo like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.798245

or If you are near a microcenter you can grab a 2500k and mobo for around that
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Well, I was hoping to keep it around 200 for both. I will be upgrading my main rig sometime in the near future as well, so I don't want or need to go all out on this.
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Originally Posted by jbjmed View Post

Well, I was hoping to keep it around 200 for both. I will be upgrading my main rig sometime in the near future as well, so I don't want or need to go all out on this.

if you going to plan on upgrading to your main rig then i would go 1155 socket. keep the 1155 socket to your HTPC for now, then when time comes switch it over to your main rig, and put your main rig's components into the HTPC.

As for i3-2100 dual core vs. the quad cores. to answer your question, yes it matters in BF3, BUT ONLY IF YOU comparing SB dual core vs. SB quad core. The SB dual core performs as well as the older i5 quad cores in cpu intensive games. Look at the reviews for Crysis Warhead and Dragon Age, they are fairly close.
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post #7 of 7
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Well My main rig will likely be going ivy bridge. And I don't want keep changing things around. But that is a good suggestion.
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