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Core i3+SSD or i5+HDD for gaming

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#1 richcbro


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:52 PM

I'm building a new computer for my cousin, he spends most time on playing games so the GPU will be GTX 970 and 16GB of RAM, the OS will be Win 10 Home. He can't afford i5+SSD or i7, so what is better for gaming i3+SSD or i5+HDD?



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#2 gigawert


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 11:00 PM

I have an i5+HDD and it runs pretty well for the cost. The i3+SSD may load games faster, but not run them at a higher FPS.

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#3 DJBPace07


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 09:15 AM

An i5 with a HDD could work, but after using an SSD, I would never go back to using a traditional HDD with OS and game loading if at all possible.


As an alternative, the FX-8320 or FX-8350 may be worth looking into.  It's not much more expensive than a top-of-the-line i3 and more powerful.  Pair that with a Crucial BX100 CT500BX100SSD1 2.5" 500GB SSD and you should be set.



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