This is, at the present, a Cost/Benefit computation, rather than an immediate Purchase choice, so is fairly generalized.
Should I chose an i3 or i5 Processor with a Graphics Card, or an i7 Processor without? I believe that the 'K' variant, of each Processor, has the better 'stand alone' Graphics capabilities, is this correct?
If I am to be logical about things, an i3 with a Mid-Range Graphics Card will adequately cover my current requirements.
However I am hoping to created a Keyboard & Mouse based Core for my Home Computing set-up, which will stand me in good stead for the next 5 years, or so.
While I expect to have a Tablet within the year, I do not think that I wish to spend all my On-line time with a tiny Tablet sized screen and I don't think that a vertically mounted 24" Touch Screen, at arms length, is a practical proposition for more than a few minutes at a time.
wee eddie, that's exactly the conclusion I have come to :) so will be watching your choice with interest, if and when you decide to purchase same and post on pca. I'm looking to replace my ageing Dell (2006)
I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and although fun for pics and stuff, for me it in no way replaces a desktop with keyboard and mouse and certainly is not much cop for browsing web. Apart from the smaller screen - touch browsing is not fun when I'm all the time trying not to touch the multitude of links when I all I want to do is scroll up or down a page.
It really depends on what you use your PC for. I have an HTPC which has a G840 CPU and will more than handle video at 1080, it fact I have recently remove a GPU from this PC to use on a mobo I was having problems with and have been most impressed with the graphics on a Dell U2411 monitor and a 32" LED TV so much so I will not be replacing the discrete GPU any time soon.OK it will never play games at a decent framerate but I have my i5 2500K and GTX670 PC for that.
So again I say what CPU you buy does depend completely on what the main use of your PC is.