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I'm questioning IF the i7 processor is worth trading up to


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#1 TheLoxmyth

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:16 PM

I'm questioning IF the i7 processor is worth trading up to from a Intel Core2Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz and 4 GB of memory.


I mean, this configuration seems fast, but will the i7 show me considerablly MORE speed and preformance?


I use my 'puter for web surfing, photo-shopping and just a few business type apps.


Glad yunz pros are here because I need good advice.

Thanks!

Edited by hamluis, 29 December 2011 - 04:15 PM.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:37 PM

I am not going to offer an opinion one way or the other as there are so many variables. An i7 is not necessarily better than an i5 just because it is an i7.
In order for someone to give you a valid opinion, you would really need to specify which particular CPU you were considering.

I find that a handy place to start comparing speed or performance or price of various CPUs, Video Cards or hard drives is PassMark
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html

In the example you are quoting, the E8500 @ 3.16GHz has a benchmark of 2423 and costs $250, while $224 will buy you an i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz and a benchmark figure of 7472. No comparison, LOL.
Of course the newer chip will require a newer motherboard and DDR3 RAM too - and then you will probably need a beefier PSU and you will be looking for a GDDR5 Video card. See what I mean about variables, LOL. It is neverending - in the long run it depends on what you need and what you can afford. Always go for the best bang for your buck even if that is not the latest and brightest.

Some of the gurus can possibly give you more.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:49 PM

I am not going to offer an opinion one way or the other as there are so many variables. An i7 is not necessarily better than an i5 just because it is an i7.
In order for someone to give you a valid opinion, you would really need to specify which particular CPU you were considering.

I find that a handy place to start comparing speed or performance or price of various CPUs, Video Cards or hard drives is PassMark
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html

Some of the gurus can possibly give you more.
Cheers.


Thanks Rob.


I'll keep an eye open for more info.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:52 PM

OMGosh...IF I "trade up" to Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.40GHz, I quadruple my processing!?

Your link help me to answer my own question!

Many thanks.

Regards,

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:06 AM

Please read my edited reply.

As you are in the US of A, I would search for the CPU you would like at somewhere like Newegg.com and they will show you compatible gear that will go with it.

Edited by rowal5555, 17 December 2011 - 12:18 AM.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:11 AM

Please read my edited reply.

Yep!
Comparing Dell to HP, Rob, for 'bang for buck."

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:33 AM

One thing I would never do again is buy something 'Off the Shelf".

Either build it yourself or discuss your budget with a local builder and end up with a far better machine with higher quality components and therefore better reliability.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 08:47 AM

The way i see things here is that, is it really necessary to get a i7 for such basic tasks? There are other upgrade options that you can notice in speed such as SSD upgrade would be major jump in performance and it doesn't require to replace any components.

Edited by killerx525, 17 December 2011 - 08:48 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:36 AM

The way i see things here is that, is it really necessary to get a i7 for such basic tasks? There are other upgrade options that you can notice in speed such as SSD upgrade would be major jump in performance and it doesn't require to replace any components.

Solid State Drive, interesting.

HD is the lowest scoring item on my performance graph at 5.8.

Even the graphic come out at 6.8.

IDK...there's just somethng about a new 'puter every 2-3 years and my wife HATES IT, LOL!

Thanks. I did look into components of DIY last night.
Sorta boggles this noob's mind a bit, though I did build one many, many years ago ;)

P.S. Alienware seems TOO expensive, for what you get!
It ain't worth it even if money is no object.

Edited by TheLoxmyth, 17 December 2011 - 10:36 AM.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 05:56 PM

You should have a read if this and this articles.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 06:23 PM

You should have a read if this and this articles.

I will, Michael, once I get back from my neighbor's kid's B-day party.


I'm sure a hearty thank you is inorder!

Thank you :)

Yep...thank you, again! SSD IS the bomb!

Edited by TheLoxmyth, 17 December 2011 - 09:25 PM.

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