Core i5 and Core i7: there is difference in a single pc for an home use ?

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  1. blacknight

    blacknight Registered Member

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    I want change pc: as by title, I wonder if in a single, home pc - I'm not interested to play games - there is a real difference between Core i5 and Core i7.
     
  2. Joxx

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    See here.
    Pay attention to the difference between laptop and desktop line of processors, you didn't specify your case.
     
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    Desktop. I read, thank you, but I need a concrete advice for my home use: there would be a significant difference ?
     
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    You're not providing exactly what you are going to be doing. Photoshop, CAD, or just browsing and minimal stuff like that.
     
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    You are also not stating your budget, in addition to the intended purpose. For most users, there would not be a significant difference - depending on which i5 and i7 used. If comparing the most entry-level i5 to the top-end i7, no doubt there would be significant differences across the board - and in costs too.

    Don't forget that the amount of RAM and the graphics solution used can make a significant difference in performance too.

    Not sure what you mean by a "single" PC either.
     
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    Budget is important, but not priority: I can decide to spend more - for i7 for example - if this gives me significant advantages. So: I want to buy a new pc for my personal use. No server, no LAN, no professional graphic, no play games or professional music. I collect pictures - nature, landscape - but I don't use professional programs like Photoshop. Internet, email, normal word test editing... No much more. Sure, I want 8 GB RAM, a good dedicated graphic card naturally - Nvidia definitely - but no need for CAD or play games. Hope this is enough. Initially I thought directly to i7, then I wondered if for this use there is or not difference in performance between i5 and i7.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    You missed the point. The budget is a priority for us if you want valid advice!

    There is a big difference (in price and performance) between this and this.

    That said, since you don't play games or do CAD/CAE, graphics editing, but instead you just surf the Internet, email, and use Microsoft Office products, then you can do fine with an i3, a decent chunk of RAM (and I agree with 8Gb) and a nice graphics solution. That said, you could even do well with a nice i3 and integrated graphics to start (you can always upgrade your graphics some time down the road).

    Just remember with 8Gb of RAM, you need a 64-bit OS.
     
  8. Infected

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    Maybe use the extra money he'd kick in for an i7 and get an SSD also.
     
  9. Joxx

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    Buy the i5.
     
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    There is a difference if you want to multitask on your PC. For a typical home user I would recommend an i5 with at least 2.2 GHz clock speed, with 2 cores and hyper-threading enabled (meaning 2 cores/4 threads). But if you have money then for future proofing your investment, I would recommend an i7 with at least 2.2 GHz clock and 4 cores/8 threads.
     
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    All i5s are 4 threads with speeds over 3.0 GHz and none has hyper threading, the latest i7s are 4.0 GHz, we are talking desktop chips here.
     
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    I missed the desktop only requirement. I was talking about laptop based chips. If all desktop based i5s have 4 cores/4 threads and have speeds of at least 2.2 Ghz, then I would recommend an i5 for a typical home user.
     
  13. Joxx

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    Let me correct myself, what I meant was
    sorry
     
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    Thank for all your useful answers. I try to summarize: in a normal home use, as I described, would I have - see - real differences in speed between i5 and i7 ?

    - naturally 4 core, and 64-bit: I had no doubt on this.
     
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    For example, what about it ?

    ASUS K31AD-IT005S
    Intel - Core i5-4460 - 3,2 GHz - hard disk GB 1024 - installed RAM GB 8 - graphic card NVIDIA GeForce GT720 -
     
  16. roger_m

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    For what you want to use it for an i5 would be more than fast enough, and even intergrated graphics would be fine.
     
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    As @Infected suggested, it is definteily worth getting a SSD.
     
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    An SSD drive would make much more difference than an i7 versus i5; you will notice a significant speed increase with an SSD whereas you will not notice much difference, if at all, between an i7 and i5 processor.
     
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    Yep! My old i3 lappy is much faster now with a SSD.

    @blacknight
    An i7 is not needed for what you will be using it for.
     
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    No. Not even between an i7 and an i3.
     
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    A standard home workload will not even come close to killing an SSD. You'll be fine. SSD's are tremendously worth it.
     
  23. Infected

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    Exactly. I have 2 OCZ Agility 3's and they've been through numerous formats and installs with no problems or drop offs.
     
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    BULLFEATHERS!!!!! You need to do some research and read through those threads more carefully and note much of the data referenced is from more than 5 years ago. Get up to speed! This is almost 2016!

    SSDs have from day 1 been more reliable because there are no moving parts! And the latest generation SSDs do not suffer from the limitations of first generation SSDs.

    There is a reason more and more major data centers are going with SSDs and it is NOT just for speed (or less heat or power consumption). It is about endurance. How many hard drives can you find that are warrantied for 10 full years!!!! ?

    WITHOUT A DOUBT, if you want to bottleneck your brand new i5 or i7 (or i3 or AMD) computer, straddle the OS, your Internet, and your programs to a hard drive!
     
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  25. ComputerSaysNo

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    What you want is a i5-6600K or a i7-6700K. They are the newest CPU's code named Skylake by Intel. Personally I'd go for the i7-6700K.

    Skylake has just been released so if I was you I would wait until we see Skylake CPU's flood the market. New laptop CPU's are coming.

    I agree that you should buy a SSD. I'd go for a Samsung 850 PRO SSD either the 256GB or the 500GB. They have a 10 year warranty.

    Then if you need more storage I'd grab a 5TB Western Digital Black HDD if money is no object. They are good hard drives.

    Graphics card wise I would look into a 970GTX since you won't be gaming this is perfect. You could get by with a 960GTX or 950GTX.

    RAM I would go for 16GB since it's good to have extra RAM. I would go for Gskill or Corsair.
     
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