This is a discussion on Building a poker setup within the online poker forums, in the Online Poker section; Hey, any computer experts here? I am currently in the process of building my first computer. I will be playing poker for the most part.
Hey, any computer experts here? I am currently in the process of building my first computer. I will be playing poker for the most part.
When it comes to the processor I am not really sure whether i should go for the i5 or the i7. Will the i7 be necessary, or will an i5 be fine? How much of a difference would it make? In my country the price difference between those two is about 250USD, so please take that into consideration.
Pokerstars client with the new aurora engine is not at all light on GPU. As CPU both i5 and i7 will do fine but the intel integrated graphics is near the minimum needed for the pokerstars client. I assume that you talk about desktop machine and not laptop correct? If so it is good idea to also add video card. I recommend nvidia as their drivers are generally more stable and it is less likely to have problems with it. Video card like nvidia 1050 or 1650 will be more than enough for any poker client and will also allow you to play some games especially if your monitor is full hd and not 4K. Also be sure to get at least 8GB of system memory (16GB highly recommended). You can also look at the amd ryzen based systems as they have generally good price/performance ratio and better integrated graphics than intel. But even if you go with ryzen i still recommend to also add video card and not count on the integrated graphics.