New Build - i3-3225 vs i5-3570k
Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:26 PM
Asus M3A78-EM Motherboard (ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics)
AMD Phenom II X4 920 (2.8GHz)
Western Digital WD Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA as boot drive
$40 (Newegg) - Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case, Dual USB 3.0, come with Dual Fans, Support up to 4 Fans, 12.5" card
$19 (Newegg) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$95 (Amazon) - MSI Z77MA-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$136.65 (Amazon) - Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33225
$235.55 (Amazon) - Samsung 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW
$30 - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
My main goal was to speed up my system and have USB 3.0. I do not play PC games. However I do a lot of emulation, and some Adobe Photoshop stuff. Don't do any video editing but that is a possibility in the future. I know the Samsung SSD will help a lot with speed (that will be my boot/C drive). The dual-core i3-3225 I chose has HD 4000 graphics and hyper threading. The i5-3570k also has HD 4000 graphics, no hyper threading but it quad-core. There is an $87 price difference between the two. My main focus is a quiet system/low power consumption and speed. Let's say I have an emulator running, MS word open, Excel, music playing (winamp), all at the same time. I want everything to be snappy. Is the i3 good for this? I can do all that now with my Athlon keep in mind.
Thanks in advance for any opinions/advice!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:59 AM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:21 AM
And US $44.99 on Newegg (with a five bucks discount):
A typo 19 for 49?
This post has been edited by jaclaz: 03 February 2013 - 10:21 AM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:42 PM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:27 PM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:33 PM
Same: Photoshop and the video edition software must be heavily multitasked, so a quad-core would improvea lot over a dual-core, even hyperthreaded.