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Intel Core i3 7100 Enough for Gaming?

So I plan on building a new computer here soon, and am trying to decide for a CPU on my build, it's between the i3 7100 or the i5 7500, I have a GTX 1050 Ti right now so I'll be gaming at 1080P and don't plan on upgrading for a couple generations, will the i3's 2 cores and 4 threads really be enough for this card or should I go for the i5?

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Personally I had an i3 like 4 years ago.  I don't prefer gaming on a i3 but if you can save up for an i5 you should be fine.  

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It depends on the game. Of course it's not going to handle the newest Triple A titles. But it could handle CS:GO or Minecraft. Probably League too. The i7-7700K could barely handle some medium graphics demanding game. Hardly pushing 25 FPS. So if your playing low graphics demanding games, that's fine. But definitely use your 1050 ti. That'll do great for gaming. 

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Well right now I'm using a Core2Quad Q6600 because my last gaming computer kinda died so with that I'm playing overwatch a lot and the CPU bottleneck is real, I get 60fps like 40% of the time but otherwise the frame rate can be all over the place, and I'll be playing new games on PC like overwatch, Battlefield, etc, so I should probably do the i5?

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RAM: 16GB (4 Stick Total) Dual Channel, Dual Rank 1600Mhz

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8 minutes ago, Renton577 said:

Well right now I'm using a Core2Quad Q6600 because my last gaming computer kinda died so with that I'm playing overwatch a lot and the CPU bottleneck is real, I get 60fps like 40% of the time but otherwise the frame rate can be all over the place, and I'll be playing new games on PC like overwatch, Battlefield, etc, so I should probably do the i5?

Don't do the i3.  The Pentium G4560 (Kabylake) is $75 and has Hyper Threading.

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11 minutes ago, stconquest said:

Don't do the i3.  The Pentium G4560 (Kabylake) is $75 and has Hyper Threading.

Wow thanks for pointing that out, $40 more for an i3 for only around a 9% performance gain.

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RAM: 16GB (4 Stick Total) Dual Channel, Dual Rank 1600Mhz

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12 minutes ago, Renton577 said:

Wow thanks for pointing that out, $40 more for an i3 for only around a 9% performance gain.

Yes get a nice b250 motherboard and a G4560, you will have enough CPU power for a couple of years and later you can buy en used i7 7700 for a big performance boost.

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CPU: Intel Core i9 9900 @4.75ghz |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Shadow Rock Slim |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3400mhzCL15 Viper Steel |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti |~| PSU: beQuiet! Straight Power 11 80Plus Gold  |~|  Boot:  Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2x2TB SanDisk SSD Ultra 3D |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Viotek GN34CB 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.


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CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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9 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

Yes get a nice b250 motherboard and a G4560, you will have enough CPU power for a couple of years and later you can buy en used i7 7700 for a big performance boost.

Thanks for that I'll get the G4560 but I'm getting a Z270 mobo for upgradability later on and all of those PCIE Lanes/ OC Capability

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CPU: i7-3630QM @ 3.2Ghz

GPU: GTX 680M 4GB With Turbo

RAM: 16GB (4 Stick Total) Dual Channel, Dual Rank 1600Mhz

Storage: 2x 128GB PCIE 3.0 SSDs RAID 0, 720GB 7200RPM HDD

Display: 1920x1080 60Hz

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1 minute ago, Renton577 said:

Thanks for that I'll get the G4560 but I'm getting a Z270 mobo for upgradability later on and all of those PCIE Lanes/ OC Capability

As long as you go 7700k in the future that should be fine, just don't fall on the i5 7600k trap.

Workstation Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @5.0ghz  |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Dark Rock 4 |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3333mhz CL15 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: nVidia TITAN V  |~| PSU: beQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 80Plus Platinum  |~| Boot: Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2X4TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Iron Wolf + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Acer Predator X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
 
Personal Use Rig:
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900 @4.75ghz |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Shadow Rock Slim |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3400mhzCL15 Viper Steel |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti |~| PSU: beQuiet! Straight Power 11 80Plus Gold  |~|  Boot:  Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2x2TB SanDisk SSD Ultra 3D |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Viotek GN34CB 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.


HTPC / "Console of the house":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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29 minutes ago, Renton577 said:

Wow thanks for pointing that out, $40 more for an i3 for only around a 9% performance gain.

The money saved might get you a RX 470, or even a RX 480/GTX1060. 

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29 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

As long as you go 7700k in the future that should be fine, just don't fall on the i5 7600k trap.

Yeah my future upgrade would be an i7-7700K, then again I don't know if I should really do that since I plan on keeping this 1050 TI for a couple years, by then I'll probably just want to build a new system.

23 minutes ago, stconquest said:

The money saved might get you a RX 470, or even a RX 480/GTX1060. 

I've already decided to keep my 1050 Ti for the next couple years, I don't really PC game to often so it works well for what I need and it only draws 75 watts

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GPU: GTX 680M 4GB With Turbo

RAM: 16GB (4 Stick Total) Dual Channel, Dual Rank 1600Mhz

Storage: 2x 128GB PCIE 3.0 SSDs RAID 0, 720GB 7200RPM HDD

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1 minute ago, Renton577 said:

Yeah my future upgrade would be an i7-7700K, then again I don't know if I should really do that since I plan on keeping this 1050 TI for a couple years, by then I'll probably just want to build a new system.

eh... I would personally go h110m and i3 6100... the whole point of the G4560 is having a motherboard for future Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake... if you plan on rebuilding new in the future like 2020 then i would pretty much cheap out the maximum possible here... and leave the whole overclocking higher end build to be made by then... with definitely a better GPU.

Workstation Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @5.0ghz  |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Dark Rock 4 |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3333mhz CL15 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: nVidia TITAN V  |~| PSU: beQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 80Plus Platinum  |~| Boot: Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2X4TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Iron Wolf + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Acer Predator X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
 
Personal Use Rig:
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900 @4.75ghz |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Shadow Rock Slim |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3400mhzCL15 Viper Steel |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti |~| PSU: beQuiet! Straight Power 11 80Plus Gold  |~|  Boot:  Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2x2TB SanDisk SSD Ultra 3D |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Viotek GN34CB 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.


HTPC / "Console of the house":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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3 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

eh... I would personally go h110m and i3 6100... the whole point of the G4560 is having a motherboard for future Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake... if you plan on rebuilding new in the future like 2020 then i would pretty much cheap out the maximum possible here... and leave the whole overclocking higher end build to be made by then... with definitely a better GPU.

Yeah you're right, I think I'll still go B250 and the G4560, one of the nice things about it is 2400 DDR4 and 4K hardware decoding on Kaby Lake since this will be a media center PC / Gaming. And anyway even with all of that I have it at $394 so that's not bad.

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CPU: i7-3630QM @ 3.2Ghz

GPU: GTX 680M 4GB With Turbo

RAM: 16GB (4 Stick Total) Dual Channel, Dual Rank 1600Mhz

Storage: 2x 128GB PCIE 3.0 SSDs RAID 0, 720GB 7200RPM HDD

Display: 1920x1080 60Hz

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