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Choosing between i5-6500 and i7-6700 for daily use

3 minutes ago, dreamhacking said:

This PC is going to be used for Microsoft Word, Excel, email, web browsing, and watching videos.

No gaming, No rendering. 

 

My friend wants to get i7-6700 for this purpose, but I suggest him for a i5-6500 ... all he wants is "SPEED", he wants loading webpages, processing word and excel at a fast speed. 

 

Will the i5-6500 perform good? 

Thanks

Yeah the i5-6500 will work fine if your friend wants speed just save the extra money and buy an SSD

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This PC is going to be used for Microsoft Word, Excel, email, web browsing, and watching videos.

No gaming, No rendering. 

 

My friend wants to get i7-6700 for this purpose, but I suggest him for a i5-6500 ... all he wants is "SPEED", he wants loading webpages, processing word and excel at a fast speed. 

 

Will the i5-6500 perform good? 

Thanks

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an i3 would work great for that. If he has the budget, the i5 can do anything he wants.

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Unless he opens gigantic complex files in office or like 200 tabs on chrome, there will be 0 difference. I'd tell your friend to do a pepsi challenge: if you put a rig with a mechanical drive and the i7 vs an ssd rig with the i5 he will not be able to pick them apart and will probably mix them up.


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3 minutes ago, dreamhacking said:

This PC is going to be used for Microsoft Word, Excel, email, web browsing, and watching videos.

No gaming, No rendering. 

 

My friend wants to get i7-6700 for this purpose, but I suggest him for a i5-6500 ... all he wants is "SPEED", he wants loading webpages, processing word and excel at a fast speed. 

 

Will the i5-6500 perform good? 

Thanks

Yeah the i5-6500 will work fine if your friend wants speed just save the extra money and buy an SSD


I have an Anet A8 as my project printer and a i3 MK3 for when I want things to work. 

 

I extrude my own filament and haven't saved a penny yet.

 

 

My PC:

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CPU: Intel i7 8700k

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A Pro

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V (2x8GB) DDR4-3200

GPU: GTX 1070 Founders Edition (OC'd)

Storage: 2x 2TB Seagate 5400RPM, 128GB ADATA SSD

Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 750w  B2

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15. 3 Intake Fans, 2 Outtake

Case: Fractal Design Define R6

 

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an i3 6100 is good enough for that, maybe not multitasking but for speed its great. the biggest difference he's going to have is by using the fastest SSD he can get.

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1 minute ago, VoyexTech said:

Yeah the i5-6500 will work fine if your friend wants speed just save the extra money and buy an SSD

already planning to get a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO

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3 minutes ago, Kobathor said:

an i3 would work great for that. If he has the budget, the i5 can do anything he wants.

I think i will go with the i5-6500, he will think i3 is too low-end lol 

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Just now, dreamhacking said:

already planning to get a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO

Ah well either way no need for the i7 the i5 will work plenty fine for that usage Case. In fact  I use the i5-4960k for my gaming rig. Which is plenty fast


I have an Anet A8 as my project printer and a i3 MK3 for when I want things to work. 

 

I extrude my own filament and haven't saved a penny yet.

 

 

My PC:

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i7 8700k

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A Pro

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V (2x8GB) DDR4-3200

GPU: GTX 1070 Founders Edition (OC'd)

Storage: 2x 2TB Seagate 5400RPM, 128GB ADATA SSD

Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 750w  B2

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15. 3 Intake Fans, 2 Outtake

Case: Fractal Design Define R6

 

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1 minute ago, dreamhacking said:

I think i will go with the i5-6500, he will think i3 is too low-end lol 

Good choice. It also leaves a bit more room for the future. 


I have an Anet A8 as my project printer and a i3 MK3 for when I want things to work. 

 

I extrude my own filament and haven't saved a penny yet.

 

 

My PC:

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i7 8700k

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A Pro

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V (2x8GB) DDR4-3200

GPU: GTX 1070 Founders Edition (OC'd)

Storage: 2x 2TB Seagate 5400RPM, 128GB ADATA SSD

Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 750w  B2

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15. 3 Intake Fans, 2 Outtake

Case: Fractal Design Define R6

 

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Unless he wants to change it to a gaming PC an i3 6100 will do just fine, I think its 2 cores 4 threads so it'll act as a 4 core processor it'll be just fine for him.

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21 minutes ago, dreamhacking said:

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If you want the best speeds and whatnot for basic browsing like that, get an i3 6100, and take the money you've saved and invest in a NVME M.2 drive like a Samsung 950 pro. the tasks you suggested require very minimal amounts of CPU horsepower, but scale very well with high performance SSD's with high IOPS. that would be the best way to invest your money for his needs.

 

but realistically any recent 2 core cpu, with any moderately good basic SSD, with at least 8GB of RAM would be plenty for such a minimal workload. Beyond those specs he is unlikely to notice any huge amount of difference for loading web pages, or using MS office (unless he is CRAZY into his excel). I would recommend he just go to best buy and gets some cheap desktop from there. their gaming PC's are usually at inflated prices, but their low end PC's designed for this exact need are often quite reasonably priced.

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