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Windows 7: CPU or Video card

15 May 2013   #11
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I would say the I5 CPU


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15 May 2013   #12
well48

Windows 7 Pro 64bit w/ Virtual XP Mode
 
 

Thanks Dude. I think I can see everyone else was recommending upgrade CPU also. I think my mind was preset to reading everyone recommend a video card and maybe they would have if I were into games. Anyways am I right in assuming the i5 will be more beneficial for the streaming of movies?

Thank you everyone who contributed.
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15 May 2013   #13
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

well48,

Read this, the newer gen processors and quick sych are very beneficial for streaming video

intel Quick Synch

Your motherboard does support them too

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15 May 2013   #14
well48

Windows 7 Pro 64bit w/ Virtual XP Mode
 
 

Thanks again Dude. I wonder, out of curosity how much difference the 4th Gen will make?
I downloaded the BIOS update to make it '3rd Gen Ready' onto the desktop but haven't updated yet.

A friend is giving me a GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR and loaning me $80 to get an i7 .
I'm sure the differences & capabilities between the i5 & i7 are worth it. At least that's what the little on my shoulder says. Unfortunately for me, my wife doesn't listen to him like I do. Oh well, after the loud voice and in the silent treatment phase there will be peace in the computer room .
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15 May 2013   #15
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

The "4th Generation" or Haswell, is coming out in June, and will use a completely different CPU socket, Socket 1150. Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge are Socket 1155 platforms.
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15 May 2013   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, I just signed off, post a link to this GT 660 you are talking about.
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15 May 2013   #17
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by well48 View Post
Thanks again Dude. I wonder, out of curosity how much difference the 4th Gen will make?
I downloaded the BIOS update to make it '3rd Gen Ready' onto the desktop but haven't updated yet.

A friend is giving me a GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR and loaning me $80 to get an i7 .
I'm sure the differences & capabilities between the i5 & i7 are worth it. At least that's what the little on my shoulder says. Unfortunately for me, my wife doesn't listen to him like I do. Oh well, after the loud voice and in the silent treatment phase there will be peace in the computer room .
The I7 includes "hyperthreading", where the I5 does not. The difference can be significant in multithreaded applications.

AnandTech | Bench - CPU
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15 May 2013   #18
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
The I7 includes "hyperthreading", where the I5 does not...
Huh? Sure it does. Even the i3s have hyperthreading.

Intel Processor Comparison

I should say; depending on model.
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15 May 2013   #19
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

He meant that particular i5 (3570K) doesn't have Hyperthreading.
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15 May 2013   #20
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Personally, I'd wait and make a major upgrade with a new board and CPU. Perhaps even a SSD. Christmas isn't that far off. The newer on-board graphics are blistering fast. Not quite top of the line video card fast but they can hold there own with all but the gamerphiles.

What's the WEI score breakdown on your current system?
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