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i5 > i7
on August 6, 2013
I think no matter where you look, you'll generally find good reviews for this CPU. I personally have nothing bad to say about it, this is the CPU I picked for my first gaming build. Originally, I planned to buy an i7. However with a little research, I found that dollar for dollar, the i7 simply wasn't worth it. The performance increase wasn't worth the extra money, which got me searching for an i5. I think this is a wonderful higher end i5 and works beautifully for me when gaming both online and off when paired with my Asus P877-V LX LGA motherboard. One of my favorite games is League of Legends, and I'm able to run it with the highest end graphics via a VGA Sapphire 100358L HD7770 1G just fine.
The package comes with the CPU as well as a round Intel heat sink with pre-applied thermal compound, so no need to go through the effort of buying a tube and then wondering how much to apply (perfect for first time builders!). I think the price is very reasonable for both, since you'll end up spending at least $30 for a standard heat sink. I personally did not use the heat sink included, I purchased a contained liquid cooler (CORSAIR CW-9060007-WW) for it which seems to work great. Some reviewers mention that this CPU tends to run hot if you really work it, so keep liquid cooling in mind when considering cooling options.
Honestly if you're thinking about upgrading your computer or building a new one, consider this CPU! Save a little money getting a top of the line i7 and go with an SSD instead, (I loaded Windows on my Samsung SSD and startup time is approx 15 seconds, restart is around 30) you won't regret it.