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Hi there. I'm looking to build a new PC and I'm a little stuck on what to buy in terms of a few parts. I'm definitely focused on getting an i3 processor but i'm not sure which one I should be looking at. Can anyone help me decide on which one in particular would be best for a gaming rig (with good overclocking capabilities but not a huge price tag)?

Another thing I'll definitely need is a motherboard to support the CPU in terms of overclocking (heard about an Asus one somewhere) so any help with that would be hugely appreciated too. Finally, will I need a really good fan to overclock it a good amount or will a cheapish one do?

Thanks for reading and please help me!!
post #2 of 10
The older 1156 i3 overclocks really well the newer 1155 does not overclock.

1156 is deprecated though and finding newer good overclocking motherboards is getting harder. For example no local store had any P55 boards here.

You will need a good heatsink a cm 212 is a good cheap option and held my i3 to 1.4v
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I'd say the i5 2500k is the go-to enthusiast/gamer processor. Intel doesn't have any Sandy Bridge i3s with unlocked multipliers out yet, so you wouldn't have much overclocking headroom with one of those, or need extreme cooling either.
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There is an i3 dual core unlocked coming out I believe. But personally I don't see why you'd go for anything less than the 2500k unless you're on a tiny budget.
     
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If you get an i3, just get a decent h55 board. Mine is only 90 Canadian and is well regarded as the one to get for i3 overclocking.

While it's true their value has decreased, you could always keep it as an HTPC or secondary rig if you don't think you'll get enough value back when you get another system. There is supposed to be an 1155 i3 k series, but it may not support Hyperthreading, which is necessary if you plan on gaming with it with new releases.

If you want more performance for more money, get the i5 2500k. if you want exceptional performance for less then the cost of just the 2500k, but realize it's a dead socket and not the fastest for other tasks(encoding, rendering, benchmarks) then you can't really go wrong with an 1156 i3 as a gaming chip.
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There is an i3 dual core unlocked coming out I believe. But personally I don't see why you'd go for anything less than the 2500k unless you're on a tiny budget.

Even if people have the money, they don't always want to spend it just to play some games.
     
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thanks for all the answers so far but i think i'm still going with the i3 (which is still a huge upgrade from my e5200). i've been looking at some motherboards and found a couple that should work a treat but i'm wondering about RAM now. will i be ok with 1333 or do i want 1666? 4gb or 6gb? dual or triple channel? any help is much appreciated.
post #7 of 10
Go for 1600 RAM. There's no price difference in 1333/1600 right now, so you may as well go for the faster one.

Also, on the 1156 platform, it utilizes dual channel, so you can't even run in triple channel if you wanted to.
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well I heard somewhere that if you are going to get and I3 dont get a I5
I was initially going intel with my build and was going to use the I3
but some tech journal somewhere said if you go I3 just go I5...
hope that helps

oh ya and what he said 1600 ddr3 47 and change at new egg for 1600 G. Skill 4Gb
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Originally Posted by krisdc;13739630 
thanks for all the answers so far but i think i'm still going with the i3 (which is still a huge upgrade from my e5200). i've been looking at some motherboards and found a couple that should work a treat but i'm wondering about RAM now. will i be ok with 1333 or do i want 1666? 4gb or 6gb? dual or triple channel? any help is much appreciated.

You need to decide whether you want a first gen i3 (overclockable) or a newer Sandy Bridge i3 (not overclockable), then we can help you select a motherboard. The chips are completely different and not cross-compatible.
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post #10 of 10
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okay guys well i've gone for Asus P7H55-M/USB3 as the motherboard and bought myself a 1156 i3-550 which is 3.20ghz by default. i'm looking to go to 4ghz if that can be achieved at a stable rate. for coolers i'm looking at the cm 212 or Noctua NH-D14.

i bought a cm elite 331 case but i'm not 100% sure if the noctua will fit in there. anyone tested that and know if it will or not? i'm not worried about spending on the noctua if it will keep my processor healthy for a good while. any help here would be much appreciated. thanks guys for the input you've given and for any further input you have to give.
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