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Old June 16, 2012, 06:26 AM
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Hey everyone!
Been a little out of the hardware world.. I used to check the forums regularly.
My nephew wants to make a brand new computer! His first ever!

I gave him my old GPU and PSUs and Cases etc. He's picking out the motherboard which will most likely be an MSI z77 board due to it's low price.

I'm curious which processor would be better for him.. He loves to use fraps and gaming. Does a bit of video editing. Is the hyperthreading of the 3770k worth the extra 100 dollars he would have to spend? Or, could I just OC his i5-3570k and achieve a similar speed?
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Old June 16, 2012, 08:17 AM
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If he does video editing he will appreciate the extra cores in the i7 for sure. As for gaming no games use more then 4 cores to my knowledge, so 4 is suitable for gaming.
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Old June 16, 2012, 08:23 AM
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The i5 is more than fast enough for majority of people and will provide 99% of the gaming performance of the i7. The i7 will be faster in video editing though, so that would be the only benefit for it. IMO its not worth the $100 premium unless you require the extra thread consistently (in his case if he is video editing at least every other day, then he could consider it). For ram get him to go with 8gb of 1600mhz of his choosing (bang for buck).
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Old June 16, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Thanks guys!

Well, he edits about everyday. But he loves to keep his videos short and to the point. I mean, I'm not sure how much hyperthreading actually cuts editing time from videos. If it cuts more than 30% rendering time than it might be worth it. However, it might be smarter to invest in an SSD instead of the hyperthreading. Some are telling me it's 20%. I don't deem it totally necessary.

Forgot to add in! He uses an AMD Dual-core clocked at like 3ghz. It takes him about 2 hours to render a 10 minute video at 1080p. I think it's safe to say that the 3570k will be about 4 times faster... Also, add in the nvidia gpu will help quite a bit.

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Old June 17, 2012, 10:20 PM
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you sure that you have an encoder that uses both the CPU and the GPU at the same time? I've personally never heard of that happening before.
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