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02-Feb-2013, 02:16 PM #1
New Build - i3-3225 vs i5-3570k
OK so I decided to build a new PC. Currently I have:

Asus M3A78-EM Motherboard (ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics)
AMD Phenom II X4 920 (2.8GHz)
4GB DDR2
Western Digital WD Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA as boot drive

I ordered:

$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!
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02-Feb-2013, 03:34 PM #2
If speed is a concern than a quad core will always be better than a dual core with Hyperthreading in a modern system with the same clock speeds. Especially when the i5-3570K has a clock speed advantage(3.4 vs 3.3Ghz), Turbo Boost to 3.8Ghz, and double the L3 Cache(6MB vs 3MB). $87 isn't that much for those advantages, but like you say if your Athlon can do it now, the i3 will do it better so if that $87 is a deal breaker the i3 should still make you happy.

A word of warning, if you do eventually want a better graphics card you'll have to be careful to fit it into the 430 watt envelope with that choice of the power supply or you'll need to buy a new PSU as well. Sometimes it's better and cheaper to buy better hardware outright then pay for upgrades/replacements when wanting more performance or wanting additional hardware.
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02-Feb-2013, 05:11 PM #3
OK cool. Yeah I'm not going to ever put a graphics card in, as I don't play PC games. I think I'll try out the i3. If it's not sufficient for my needs I can always upgrade again later :P
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02-Feb-2013, 09:00 PM #4
You mentioned Adobe PhotoShop and possibly video editing; those can benefit from GPU acceleration.
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