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User Info: HeliosMagi

HeliosMagi
4 weeks ago#1
I wanna get a Gaming PC, and I was considering a Core i3 over the i5 or Ryzen 3 for its superior single-threaded performance, but heard something about some games not even launching if you don't have at least 4 cores. I know the i3 has Hyper-threading, give it 4 threads, will that allow these games to work?

Gaming and emulation are going to be the most strenuous things I'm gonna use it for. If I ever decide to try VR in the future, will the i3 hold me back?
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User Info: jimm120

jimm120
4 weeks ago#2
If you're gonna go the cheaper route, then just go Ryzen. Core i3 is supremely outdated.
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User Info: TimeCapsule

TimeCapsule
4 weeks ago#3
With the newer cpu intensive AAA games yes you need 4 physical cores, I had an i3 in my build and it was bottlenecking me in RotTR but older games you don't need 4 cores. But I would still get a Ryzen 5 or i5 just to be more future proof.

User Info: DarkZV2Beta

DarkZV2Beta
4 weeks ago#4
i5 has been a poor value for a while now. i3 offers very competitive performance at close to half the price, and i7 offers a significant boost in more heavily threaded workloads and minimum frame times for 50% more.
That said, consider going for Ryzen 5. The 6-core variants are a great deal.
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User Info: Alaph0000

Alaph0000
4 weeks ago#6
That is up to you OP

Remember it is considering a standard among of Intel peasants gamers delivering 300 euro for a new (good quality)motherboard by merely CPU upgrade just cause single feature. Exclude peripherals easily 200 euro+ for a good usb. Each year ofcourse.

User Info: SgtSilock

SgtSilock
4 weeks ago#7
TimeCapsule posted...
With the newer cpu intensive AAA games yes you need 4 physical cores, I had an i3 in my build and it was bottlenecking me in RotTR but older games you don't need 4 cores. But I would still get a Ryzen 5 or i5 just to be more future proof.


ROTTB is a really tough game to run, even on my i5 4.6 with a 980ti I was seeing below 60 frames at times.
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User Info: Death_Born

Death_Born
4 weeks ago#8
You don't absolutely need them, but there's no reason not to get a Ryzen 3 at this point. Dual cores are currently totally passe for gaming, so avoid the i3.

User Info: godplaysSNES

godplaysSNES
4 weeks ago#9
Either go Ryzen or wait for Coffee Lake, which is only two weeks away
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User Info: mucloud

mucloud
4 weeks ago#10
HeliosMagi posted...
I wanna get a Gaming PC, and I was considering a Core i3 over the i5 or Ryzen 3 for its superior single-threaded performance, but heard something about some games not even launching if you don't have at least 4 cores. I know the i3 has Hyper-threading, give it 4 threads, will that allow these games to work?

Gaming and emulation are going to be the most strenuous things I'm gonna use it for. If I ever decide to try VR in the future, will the i3 hold me back?

No and no

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