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I only ask this because my mate has this processor and i have no idea what it can do.

He wanted to try use this chip and his h55m-ud2h mobo and beef it up for BF3

He wanted to couple it with a 580gtx?

Is this a waste of time or could it work out? He probably could build a new one if it came to it but he wanted to try use his existing parts.
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as long as a gpu is being used then a cpu will make very little difference
i did see a comparison somewhere once but cant remember where now otherwise would post the link
basically the difference between that cpu and the best quad core would be a few frames meaning wouldnt notice a difference when gaming but ofcourse bank balance def would
    
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if you overclock that thing you wont see a difference in games that don't use more than 2 threads. that said however, it does have HT capabilities so even in a 4 thread game it would fare quite well with a decent overclock
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Would be fine. The gpu would carry over when he upgrades the CPU and motherboard later on. Even stock, his system would school yours, though he shouldn't run it stock.

That board is the perfect match with an i3 for overclocking. As long as his chip doesn't suck, 4Ghz is a guarantee, 4.4-4.6 with good cooling.
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I3s can do 4ghz easily and 4.5-4.6 with a d14
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Push it past 4.0 if you can and make sure hyperthreading is on and it will last years.
    
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I only ask this because my mate has this processor and i have no idea what it can do.

He wanted to try use this chip and his h55m-ud2h mobo and beef it up for BF3

He wanted to couple it with a 580gtx?

Is this a waste of time or could it work out? He probably could build a new one if it came to it but he wanted to try use his existing parts.
As long as you OC that i3 530, you will be just fine for gaming.
Just check out this thread and you will be surprise http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...e-updated.html
Also, here's the i3 Club to check out... http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ners-club.html
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Thanks so much for your replys. I shall pass on the information. You all have Saved him a good 400-500$
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Yah those chips are beasts. I had mine at 4ghz on stock cooling.
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its good for everything else, but im doubting it will be good for BF3 as the engine dedicates sound to one core leaving everything else on the second core which may slow the game down during intensive scenes with explosions and collapsible environments.

bf3 wont be hyperthreading compatible either.

when bf 3 comes out and it chugs like molasses, you know the reason why.

so just wait, get the game and if it doesnt run to the way he wants it. then upgrade. CPU hardware upgrades should be cheaper.
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