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i5-3350P or i3-3220 for Gaming?


So I am making a build for my brother and I'm trying to keep the costs low without compromising too much but I'm somewhat stumped on the CPU choice.    They are both decent CPU I know, but what is the best for cost and longevity? The extra money would probably be going towards a better graphics card btw.      

        Are you going to be adding a discreet GPU to the build or just using the integrated GPU?     The i5 3550P has no integrated GPU, so it will require a discreet GPU. The i3 has Intel HD graphics on board, and it's not very good for high def gaming.    The best setup would be the i5 3550P with a discreet GPU.      

        ryanrich83 said:Are you going to be adding a discreet GPU to the build or just using the integrated GPU?     The i5 3550P has no integrated GPU, so it will require a discreet GPU. The i3 has Intel HD graphics on board, and it's not very good for high def gaming.    The best setup would be the i5 3550P with a discreet GPU.    Definitely a discrete GPU I have an old HD5770 (not the best I know) kicking around, but the addition of a windows upgrade and potentially a new GPU if the HD5770 doesn't work brings the price up by around ~150 so thats why I'm apprehensive about the i5 due to it being 45 more expensive than the i3         

        You can get an i5 3450 or i5 3470 at the same price point, and they both include integrated graphics. That way you have a fallback if the 5570 you are going to use fails.      

        The i3 3220 also has the same fallback GPU. The likely performance difference using the HD5770 compared to the  i5's is likely to be in the region of 2-5% on most games.    You have doubts about whether the HD5770 is even working, so I think the i3 would be better and give you some extra cash towards a decent card should the 5770 be u/s.    The i3 is a strong performer with up to at least the HD7850 (an i5 with that would improve by ~5-8%, with an i7, ~10%).      

        satrow said:The i3 3220 also has the same fallback GPU. The likely performance difference using the HD5770 compared to the  i5's is likely to be in the region of 2-5% on most games.    You have doubts about whether the HD5770 is even working, so I think the i3 would be better and give you some extra cash towards a decent card should the 5770 be u/s.    The i3 is a strong performer with up to at least the HD7850 (an i5 with that would improve by ~5-8%, with an i7, ~10%).    That's sort of what I was thinking of. My own build is a old i3 and a HD7870 and that's pretty good still (the CPU I mean)      

        Intel is not making i3 desktop CPUs for haswell...you might want to think about that.


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