hi all, long story short. i'm planning a major upgrade for my old rig, which runs on - CPU: Intel C2D E7200 2.53Ghz; GPU: Nvidia GTX 560Ti.
With a tight budget, I'm aiming for an ivy bridge processor, either a i3 3220 or i5 3330, but i will keep my current GPU. I will not overclock.
the rig is mostly for gaming, ideally with the power to comfortably run all modern games on hd with details on high (not max)
So my questions are:
1. considering budget constraints (no hard cap, but the less the better), which of the two processors is a better investment for the purpose i described?
2. how big is the difference between these two processors when coupled with my 560Ti?
3. True or false? very few games actually take full advantage of quad core, hence i3 more than suffices.
Looking forward to your input and suggestions. Thanks.