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Windows 7: intel i5 or i7

28 Mar 2014   #1
dichro1

Windows 7
 
 
intel i5 or i7

I need to upgrade to a better desktop. I am not a gamer, but I am big in Photoshop and related work. I see great recommendations for i7 for gamers, but the descriptions are not exactly clear.

The question is, should the i5 processor be fast and power enough? Is 8gb RAM enough? I probably will run Win 7 64.


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28 Mar 2014   #2
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

this article has some info on the differences..
Core i5 vs. Core i7: Differences Between Intel's i5 and i7 Processors


- personally, given the choice, I'd opt for the i7..
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28 Mar 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you need processing power like for e.g. video encoding, then the i7 is a better bet. But for normal processing, the i5 should be fine. And 8GB of RAM will be ample. Half of it will be unused most of the time.
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28 Mar 2014   #4
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

for your needs, go with an i7
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29 Mar 2014   #5
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

For the kind of work you mentioned, I would opt for an i7 and 16GB of RAM. In editing/rendering, you can easily use up 8GB of RAM.
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29 Mar 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't know about the 16GB of RAM. My 8GBs are already unused most of the time.


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29 Mar 2014   #7
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I rarely use more than 4GB of RAM as well, but I know how intensive PS and rendering/editing can be, and I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
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29 Mar 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Fair, if you can afford it.
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29 Mar 2014   #9
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I tend to agree with kbrady. I agree because of the video editing and encoding. For those, the more cores, threads and ram, the better. For normal usage, even games, 8 GB and an i5 would be plenty. I know I use Handbrake to encode movies. It is the only program I have used that pegs my i7-3770K and eats ram too. An i5 and 8 GB of ram would still encode the movies with Handbrake, but it would take a lot longer to do it. Is it worth the extra? I assume it depends on if you have the money and how much of that type work you do.
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29 Mar 2014   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Also: check to see if your photo/video editing programs are designed to use multiple cores. High end programs like Avid will use as many cores as you got. Some older consumer grade programs do not manage the cores at all.

If your program uses more cores, than the more cores you got makes a huge difference in rendering and compiling speed.
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