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Hi guys. I've recently made the jump from console to PC gaming after I came into possession of an older PC (C2D-5700 @ 2.93Ghz, 2GB RAM); and sticking to lowest possible prices I bought a GTX 650 Ti, a decent budget card from all reports, now it can play some games at maximum settings and native resolution (1440x900 for my monitor) like Mass Effect 3 at 50-60fps and Alan Wake anywhere between 30 and 60 fps (tending to hover around 40).

I will be upgrading the RAM to 8GB. Now my budget isn't particularly high, and I want to future proof the CPU in this machine as much as possible, so that upgrades to my budget-range GPU are all that will be needed into the foreseeable future. My choice is between the i3-3220 or the $70AUD more expensive i5-3470.

I've done more than a fair amount of research on this and the consensus seems to be that because most games have no use for 4 cores, the i3 is the best option, with only a handful disagreeing; but I want to future-proof the CPU for quite some time and it seems that more and more quad-core-hungry games are coming out and I imagine it will become more and more common over the next few years. My budget can't stretch any further than the i5-3470. So what do you guys think, is the trend in quad-core enabled games likely to increase, should I go i3 or i5? Also what kind of a gaming performance improvement can I expect to see in the jump from a Core 2 Duo E7500 to an i3 or i5?
Edited by Spinner - 2/17/13 at 1:27am
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First off , welcome to OCN thumb.gif

Secondly, any upgrade is going to need a new motherboard, not sure if you have that figured in your budget.
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First off , welcome to OCN thumb.gif

Secondly, any upgrade is going to need a new motherboard, not sure if you have that figured in your budget.

I already have the motherboard factored into my budget biggrin.gif
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Thats good to hear. Which board are you looking at? While the i3 is cheaper and fine for most games now, the i5 will stretch longer as games become more complex. Also the i5 should turbo up a little higher than the i3 (3.5 as opposed to 3.3) which will help some in gaming.
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I'm looking at the Gigabyte GA-H61M-HD2, I've had good experiences with Gigabyte in the past and it's nice and cheap. With the CPU, do you think that many games will start making use of 4 cores in the near future? Or is it a far off possibility?
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get the i5 3470. first off the price difference isn't that big. 2 cores vs. 4 cores it's a no brainer for me
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i5 all the way , you would rather have the extra cores and not need them than needing the extra cores while not having them specially if you are looking to future proof for a long time also maybe games will start to be more cores and threads hungry with the release of the new consoles, new consoles are gonna be based on 8 cores 8 threads x64 cpus which will make them support multi-core more nativly than the current generation consoles and as you might know pc games are console ports so we are kinda tied together somehow....
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How much does a 2500k go for compared to the 3470? In the U.S. there's only a 20 dollar difference (not counting sales) and you're talking about much more usability. Nothing says longevity and future-proofing like 4.5ghz. thumb.gif

Edit: Check ebay, There's a ton of them on there. Some seem to be going for $50 or so less than retail.
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How much does a 2500k go for compared to the 3470? In the U.S. there's only a 20 dollar difference (not counting sales) and you're talking about much more usability. Nothing says longevity and future-proofing like 4.5ghz. thumb.gif

Edit: Check ebay, There's a ton of them on there. Some seem to be going for $50 or so less than retail.

He's getting an h61 board. Can't overclock with that.
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He's getting an h61 board. Can't overclock with that.

doh.gif

Missed that post.

Stick with the 3470, unless you'd like some hardware suggestions.
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