Question i3 or i5?

Feb 21, 2019
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I am looking at a pc build around $650-$750 and I have a good motherboard to go with an Intel CPU. I am looking for something max $180, maybe a little more, but around there. I was originally looking at the i5's, but they are a little much for my budget. Will the i3-8100 become outdated anytime soon, say, within 1-2 years? Because it seems fine, but I just want some suggestions, and to make sure what the differences are between to i5-7400 and the i3-8100 (or whatever models they are).
 

Eximo

Titan
Herald
Practically no difference between the i5-7400 and the i3-8100 aside from needing different motherboards.

Both quad core CPUs. 8th and 9th gen i5 have 6 cores.

6th and 7th generation chips will work on the following: B150, H110, H170, Z170, B250, H270, Z270
8th and 9th generation chips will work on the following: B360, H310, H370, Z370, Z390
 

InvalidError

Titan
Moderator
If the i5-7400 is what you already have, the i3-8xxx are simply not worth the trouble and I'd just wait for the next-gen stuff from AMD and Intel before making any purchase decision unless you have money burning holes in your pockets that you need to get rid of immediately.
 

WildCard999

Titan
Herald
You can do much better for cheaper, kept the Black/Red Theme.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel - Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($169.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B360 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($69.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX - Radeon RX 580 4 GB GTS XXX Edition Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Redragon - K552 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: SteelSeries - Rival 110 Wired Optical Mouse ($27.54 @ Amazon)
Other: QcK Heavy SteelSeries Mouse Pad (Medium) ($12.99)
Total: $797.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-13 19:30 EDT-0400


Or the Ryzen 2600...
 

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