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2 years ago#1
For everyday usage and game playing.
2 years ago#2
Everyday Usage
Gaming

Pick one. For everyday usage it's probably fine, but for gaming? Not...really. Anyone with more experience please correct me if i'm wrong.
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2 years ago#3
I have old PC so I don't know. I did find this

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130628165327AA7LC92
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2 years ago#4
Basically the answer that Galacian linked is more or less correct. For playing most games it will be fine, just don't expect to play on the highest settings all the time. Most developers code games for what most people have. You don't want to code a game for a quad core when most people only have a dual core, PC games will always be 4-6 years behind the technology in what they can use of the technology because of this. So for the most part a I3 will work just fine, a I5 will be better however just because the additional threads can be used for background processes and such.

With that said, in a year or 2? You'll probably of wanted the I5 by then. Developers will catch up and quad cores are getting enough general use that Programmers will start developing for them. Especially with the next generation of consoles just around the corner.
2 years ago#5
Well, nowdays you can get i5's for almost the same price as the i3, so if you wanna buy a new PC, go for the i5, since its a LOT better for gaming.

The i3 is BEARABLE for gaming. I have one, btw, and I can run any game I have, but NEVER on the highest graphic configs, even though I have a great video card (Radeon 7700).

Its like the i3 is holding my video card back (it IS doing that, actually), and games that really heavily on the CPU always get slowdowns and big FPS drop.


For example: with my i3 and my 7700, I can run Skyrim at Ultra config, but only if I disable the shadows, since shadows in Skyrim are CPU-dependent. My card can handle it, and I play at 60 FPS, but if I enable the shadows, my FPS drops to 20!!
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2 years ago#6
Its decent for most games although more demanding games will be bottlenecked by it
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2 years ago#7
MarceloSampaio posted...
Well, nowdays you can get i5's for almost the same price as the i3, so if you wanna buy a new PC, go for the i5, since its a LOT better for gaming.

The i3 is BEARABLE for gaming. I have one, btw, and I can run any game I have, but NEVER on the highest graphic configs, even though I have a great video card (Radeon 7700).

Its like the i3 is holding my video card back (it IS doing that, actually), and games that really heavily on the CPU always get slowdowns and big FPS drop.


For example: with my i3 and my 7700, I can run Skyrim at Ultra config, but only if I disable the shadows, since shadows in Skyrim are CPU-dependent. My card can handle it, and I play at 60 FPS, but if I enable the shadows, my FPS drops to 20!!


Really?
2 years ago#8
^Good thing most games aren't coded like Skyrim.
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2 years ago#9
If you want everyday usage and gaming go i5 as it does both very well.
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2 years ago#10
MarceloSampaio posted...
even though I have a great video card (Radeon 7700)


7700 series =\= great.

good, sure. great, not quite
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