Intel Processor questions
Posted on 2011-03-16
I'm looking to build a new computer and I'm a little confused about Intel's new crop of processors.
In addition to being an I.T. professional, I enjoy mixing it up at night with a good PC game or two in the evenings. My personal PC has never been at the bleeding edge (not even close...), but I do try and keep up so my frame rate is at least respectable.
Right now I am running a Pentium 4, 3.0 with two Gig DDR ram, an SATA main drive and an AGP8 ATI HD 4600 Graphics card with 1/2 Gb RAM.
I am looking to basically replace all or most of the guts and can't decide between one of the later Core 2 duo chips, or ome of these newer models.
My confusion here is, the articles I have read tell me that the i3, has built in graphics, which I am not sure would be the best approach for a person who likes the high end games. Also, I'm not sure if the i5 or i7 has the built in graphics or not.
Based upon what I am comming from, and wanting to keep the whole thing at or around $1000.00 (Mobo, Processor, RAM, Hard Drives and new OS), I'm not sure which way to go...
What would you recommend!