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HPlaptop513
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4th Generation core i5 or 3rd Generation core i7?

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I was looking to buy a used desktop on eBay, should I go with a third generation core i7 or a 4th generation core i5 processor?

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There are a large number of criteria (Technical and Planned Owner <your> Usage)

that are used to make this decision.

 

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors

https://ark.intel.com/products/family/65506/3rd-Generation-Intel-Core-i7-Processors

 

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processors

https://ark.intel.com/products/family/75024/4th-Generation-Intel-Core-i5-Processors

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Let's Deal with the obvious differences ..... DIfferent CPU Sockets (LGA1155; LGA1150)

 

Determine the specific Motherboard in these computers.  The motherboard determines specific "Chipset" used.  The features that these chipsets present (Rear I/O panel; Internal connections for Front I/O) may be important.

 

Panther Point: Ivy Bridge (B75, Q75, Q77, H77, Z75, Z77) : April 2012.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155#Ivy_Bridge_chipsets

 

Lynx Point: Haswell (H81, B85, Q85, Q87, H87, Z87) : June 2013

Lynx Point: Haswell Refresh (H97, Z97) : May 2014.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1150#Haswell_chipsets

 

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Personally, I would select the latest chipsets, unless there were known (widely reported) issues.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-i3-i5-i7-and-2nd-gen-3rd-gen-4th-gen-5th-gen

 

 

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