Hello, I have decided to make a custom built PC (Ill build it myself). I have run into a problem with choosing a proper CPU for me: i5 or i7? I will use the PC for gaming mostly. Unless Nvidia hurries up with the new DX11 cards, I’ll get an ATI HD 5850 card. The max price I’m willing to spend on a CPU is 300 Euro(400$). The problem I have is: both i7-930 and i7-860 cost SAME (260 Euro) in my local store. I’m not really good with hardware, so I thought you could help me. My TOTAL PC budget is max 1000 Euro, EXCLUDING monitor, speakers etc. Got any suggestions?
I would recommend going with an i7 processor due to the hyperthreading speeds it has over the i5. With the processor you choose it will come down to the amount of RAM you are wanting to use. If you want to have two sticks of RAM then go with the 860 since it supports dual channel memory and will utalize the memory better. If you plan on having three sticks of RAM go with the 920 due to its support of triple channel memory/