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Will the i3 be powerful enough?

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**Update: Bestbuy price matched Microcenter at 159.99! I5-4570 is on its way** Can't beat that price, they even gave free shipping.

I had recently narrowed my search down to the Haswell i3-4130. But then I started to question if the dual cores would be powerful enough and started to look a the i5-4570.

I don't game, but I will be using the PC to convert movie files, stream to apple tv and also playback video to my tv via hdmi.

Will the i3 convert, stream and play a movie at the same time? I feel like that might be just a little much for it.

As always, thanks for the input.
Edited by DEEPfrom1 - 9/3/13 at 4:09pm
    
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I would aim for at LEAST one of the lower end i5 quads if you plan to do these processor intensive tasks... simultaneously.

Edit, that doesnt mean an i3 cant do it.
Edited by Xinoxide - 9/3/13 at 2:24pm
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So I should look at the i5-4570. I see if I can find any i5 deals out there.
    
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post #4 of 9
If you want performance per dollar above performance per watt it might make more sense to look for say, a used 2500K.

I just scored one locally under $100.
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No love for AMD?
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Xinoxide-

I am just not fond of used parts, and locally there really wont be anything for sale. I am going to see about the i5-4570 at Microcenter for $159.99.


Clam Slammer- I just Lol'd at your username thumb.gif

Anyway, I've spent that last 3 weeks reading up on intel, maybe I should start my research on AMD. I was liking the new HD4400 and Hd4600 Intel is offering, as I really have no use for a dedicated card.

From what I can tell the quad FX's and the APUs don't perform significantly better than the i3.

I'll start the AMD research.
    
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fx 8320 is cheaper than 3570k and performs really good on your needs
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The price of the video card will have to be factored when considering the FX8320.


If I can get someone to price match the i5-4570 at $159.99. That might be my best bet.
    
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Bestbuy price matched Microcenter at 159.99! I5-4570 is on its way.
    
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