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Old March 31, 2012, 03:46 AM
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Hello hardware Gurus!

Last year you guys helped my pick my GFX card but once again I'm in need of advice.

I'm thinking about getting a new desktop but I'm unsure about which CPU I should be getting. I will be using it for gaming (D3 mostly) and for music production. The latter will most likely be the most demanding.

Should I go for the i5 or i7? The i7 is obviously more expensive but would it be worth it? I want it to be performing well for the next many years, so I won't have to think about upgrading. Also which versions of the CPU's would be the best choice...

I'll be using my current Gigabyte GTX560Ti OC 1GB and I don't plan on upgrading that for a good while...

Thanks in advance!
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Old March 31, 2012, 06:12 AM
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The i5 3570k should easily handle anything you need to do. The only thing your gaining from the I7 is hyper threading and while yes it will perform better but not by that much. It will shave a few extra seconds on heavily multithreaded tasks, things like transcoding, and gaming wise you'll only gain a couple more fps literally. It's up to you to decide if you think that's worth an extra $100. I suggest you look at the bellow comparison if you haven't seen it before.

i5 vs i7 AnandTech - Bench - CPU

The other thing is I don't know what your budget is and how intense your music production needs are work, hobby? or how often, because I might then suggest a 3930k which would greatly speed up any heavily multithreaded tasks and the LGA 2011 platform will also outlive LGA1155, you did mention you don't want to upgrade for years, but it's a $600 cpu and LGA 2011 boards are more expensive. Seeing as your reusing a 560ti I'm going to assume you want to stick to a budget then I stand by my suggestion on i5 3570k, Same cpu I'm going to be picking up in a month. ill also see you in D3!
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Old April 1, 2012, 07:16 AM
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From what I can see from your link the i5-2500K is only roughly 10% slower on average vs the i7 so I think I'll go with that one. Yeah I am on a budget so I'm not out to get a state of the art top setup. But I do want something which is really fast for a good price. The music production is semi-pro. I have released som records on some underground labels but it will never become my main income. But for that I need a fast CPU. I don't know anything about hyper threading. Can Ableton Live 8 support it? If that's the case perhaps I should go for the i7. Hmm...

Thanks again!
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Old April 1, 2012, 09:17 AM
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The i5 is a great proc, but as has been stated, if you need hyperthreading support, then its not your daisy. If you can swing the $100 go for a 2600k IMHO.
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Old April 1, 2012, 11:45 AM
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Depending on what DAW and how many effects you think may use you may want to go with the I5 but get 16gb of ram or more. You can check out the pro-tools or Logic forum for some more specific suggestions.

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Old April 2, 2012, 05:08 AM
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i5 unless you use programs a substantial amount will specifically be able to use the hyperthreading (gaming does not).
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