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Windows 7: Which would you choose - Intel's i7 3820 or i7 3930k?


08 Mar 2012   #1

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Which would you choose - Intel's i7 3820 or i7 3930k?

Greetings fellow forum members,

I am seriously considering the purchase of a new pc. The cpu's that I will be choosing from are Intel's i7 3820 and i7 3930k.

I am NOT a "gamer" however buying a pc that cannot play games isn't what I want to do.

The i7 3930k would cost me an additional 280 euros.

The cost difference between these two cpu's would not be the deciding factor.

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08 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Either chip will play games fine. There aren't a ton of games that even make use of 4 cores, let alone 6.... If cost isn't a concern, go with the more expensive chip, it has more cores and more cache. However, I would probably find that I would rather want to use 280 euros on something else in the computer which would make a bigger difference to my total experience.
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08 Mar 2012   #3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Either chip will play games fine. There aren't a ton of games that even make use of 4 cores, let alone 6.... If cost isn't a concern, go with the more expensive chip, it has more cores and more cache. However, I would probably find that I would rather want to use 280 euros on something else in the computer which would make a bigger difference to my total experience.
Good points and good food for thought.

Thanks for replying.
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08 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
... However, I would probably find that I would rather want to use 280 euros on something else in the computer which would make a bigger difference to my total experience.
Like a 256 meg SSD for the root drive!!
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08 Mar 2012   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you say you're not a gamer, but also wouldn't want a pc that can't play games.

the most important component for gaming has got to be the graphics card - thought i should mention it, after reading your OP. what gfx card are you considering?

i have to agree with the others and go for the 3820, and put the saved money towards an ssd (or gfx card).
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08 Mar 2012   #6

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just can't seem to get interested in SSD's.

As for graphics, a mid-range card such as the ATI HD6850 suits my needs just fine, is reasonabley priced and should also adequately play an occasional game.
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08 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

A spinner for your main drive will hold that entire machine back terribly, it's a sin. An SSD lets your machine come alive! It'll feel 10 times faster than with a spinner as your OS drive.

Launch Photoshop in 1.5 seconds! Everything you do is instantaneous, every program launch, loading times for games are cut by 5x. Click an icon, it HAPPENS...
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08 Mar 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well, if you have no interest in CPU overclocking and would use Intel's graphics, the 3820 will fit. If you want some overclocking ability and won't use on-chip graphics the 3930K will do it.

Either way a SSD will make you dizzy with the added performance boost. MS Word will open as soon as I lift my finger from the mouse. BAM! Most other program will open like that as well and run faster while working with them. Photshop takes time to render if using a large image, 10-15 seconds, with a SSD 1-2 seconds.
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08 Mar 2012   #9

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To pay so much more for a hdd just to run a few seconds faster does not make sense to me.
None of the programs that I am running on my C: drive are taking forever to load or operate.
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08 Mar 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well, why even consider an i7 CPU? I think an i3 would meet your wants.
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