frys definitely price matched the ad. got the i3 for $89. was planning to get 2 but MC ads states 1 per household so frys honored that as well. i was gonna build a freenas server and htpc but now i have to decide which to build first. or i can go back before the deal is done and hope they don't remember me so i can price match another one. my other 2 desktops are running an i5 2500K and i7 2600K. no plans on IB yet. i can wait. still happy with the performance. plus i have RAID0 SSD so no complaints
The i7 crushes the i5 in almost everything from Office Productivity to Media Creation. For gaming I agree with your statement. The i7 wins by a small margin in some games, while the i5 has the slight edge in others. I would say they are tied overall.
Still, for most people that's gonna be a lot more than your "1%" desktop usage. Hell, if all you are gonna do is listen to music and check your email then just get a tablet instead.
Again, what you said only reinforced my statement. I did say that people who do professional multimedia works which are office products, heavy media creation, data financial analysis, 3D rendering etc will benefits from the i7. However, these types of applications represent a very small percentage of desktop usage since they do not represent the typical home use of desktop computer. Besides, I highly doubt that these profesional users come to forums like this to ask the difference between i5 vs i7 since most if not all of them already know what they need for their computer in order to maximize productivity.
If you wonder if you should buy the i7 to benefit those professional multimedia works described above, ask yourself this question: Do you do video transcoding often? Do you heavily use 3D visual studios ? Do you use 3dsmax? Do you encrypt/compress large quantity of files every day all day long? If you answer no to those questions or if you don't even know what those applications are, you don't need the i7.
My arguement still stands for the vast majority of users that do not benefit from the HT of the i7. Investing the extra 100 bucks going from the i7 to i5 to get a much better video card or SSD results in immediate increase in performance in gaming or application loading time which the vast majority of people can benefit.
For those people who answer no to the questions listed above and feel the itch to spend 100 bucks in the extra 4 threads on the i7 vs i5 to satisfy their ego, by all means go ahead if you have the money. If, however, you are financially limited like the rest of us, then consider spending that money to improve other aspects of the computers such as video cards, SSD etc. These components not only improve the overall performance of your computer significantly, but also augment the CPU in doing its job because no matter how fast your CPU is, if your video card is weak or the HDD is slow, the CPU has to slow down and wait for the HDD or the video card to catch up and thus the entire computer is being bottlenecked by these weaker components.
I will definitely go for the i5 3570K + z77 motherboard combo!
If you're not planning to overclock or use two graphics cards, sure.
If you plan to use two graphics cards, you'd want to get the Asus P8Z77-V.
If you plan to overclock, you might want to step up to the P8Z77-V Pro for $20 more, it has 2 extra USB 3 ports and 4 more voltage regulators (which should improve overclocking stability).
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