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You can probably easily make the 2100 run a fair bit faster than stock clocks, even with the stock cooler. IMO speed bumps like that usually aren't worth it if that's the only difference.
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The only differences I found was the 200Mhz, the Bus/Core ratio on the 2120 is 2 higher (Something I know nothing about), and the 2120 has Embedded Options Available (also dont understand...Im new)
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Oh ok I see what you're saying. Now I have one last question if Im not bugging you guys too much. I looked around and so far read that between the 2100 and the 2120 is 200 Mhz and would not be noticeable. Would you guys agree thats its not worth the extra $25?
probably not, just overclock a bit - yes you can do slight overclocking on non k chips
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Oh ok I see what you're saying. Now I have one last question if Im not bugging you guys too much. I looked around and so far read that between the 2100 and the 2120 is 200 Mhz and would not be noticeable. Would you guys agree thats its not worth the extra $25?
I really don't see a difference between the two other than the .2ghz. I don't think that there would be a huge difference. I'll see if I can find a comparison for you. Stand By.

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Here ya are

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/397...3_i3-2120.html
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get the sandy i3
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Sounds like everyone but my friend says the i3, he said since Im getting Windows 7 Id be best with the Quad-core.

Im gonna listen to you guys since this is obviously a big hobby for you. thanks a lot guys.

And for the person who asked, this is the Mobo Im thinking about getting GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
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definitely get the i3, it is dual core, but also has hyperthreading, so it's effectively a quad core chip, and as others have said, it will eat the q8400 for breakfast.

as regarding to i3 2100 or 2120, you mentioned that the only difference is the multiplier, 31 vs 33. as you may or may not know theses are the so called 'unoverclockable' i3s, as the overclockable 1155 chips either have a k at the end of their model name, or supports turbo. those 2 i3s saddly don't have any of the 2 i just mentioned therefore their multiplier is fixed. i don't own a new line intel 1155 chip, but i've heard that with the multiplier fixed chips, you can only mess about with the base clock which is set to 100 by default, and you can overclock the baseclock to a maximum of about 105. now, if that's true, you can get the i3 2100 to a maximum of about 3255mhz (105x31), which is still a bit slower than the i3 2120 at 3300mhz, not to mention that you can actually overclock the 2120 to 3465Mhz (10x33). so there you go, as far as overclocking and clock speeds go, that's the best i can help you with.

can't find a much detailed review on 2100 vs 2120, but here's a rather simple one that you can at least get a basic idea on how they compare. bottom line is, the 2120 is obviously better than the 2100, but not by a much, if money is indeed a problem, and you are willing to sacrifice a little bit of performance, then get the 2100.
post #18 of 23
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i3 2100 or i5 2500k?

This is why Im asking, this i3 is only .2Ghz lower than the 3.3Ghz i5 and Im not sure if I will really be doing any OCing and the i3 has Hyper threading where as the i5 does not. Not to mention of course the $60 difference, i3 2100 is $124.99 and the i5 2500k is $184.99

And erik, thanks for the link and info
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i3 2100 or i5 2500k?

This is why Im asking, this i3 is only .2Ghz lower than the 3.3Ghz i5 and Im not sure if I will really be doing any OCing and the i3 has Hyper threading where as the i5 does not. Not to mention of course the $60 difference, i3 2100 is $124.99 and the i5 2500k is $184.99

And erik, thanks for the link and info
The i5 is by far the better chip and definitely worth the money. Hands down. Check that link I sent you before. Hyperthreading won't do that much for you right now anyway.
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$187 spent, the i5 2500k has been bought
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