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I've had my Core i7 920 now since it came out, and loved it. However, a good friend of mine needs a computer, and I am selling them mine.

I plan to go to a Core i3 2100. My question is, how noticable will it be? MS Office, Skype, Internet Explorer 9 & MS Security Essentials will always be running. I watch a lot of 720p youtube videos and high def netflix and hulu plus.

As far as games, I've been too busy to play. So I don't care about gaming performance.
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/47?vs=289

I would say its a slight downgrade but nothing noticeable at all.

I would spend the extra money and get an i5 2300/2400/2500
Edited by dlee7283 - 8/8/11 at 2:20pm
    
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Is that bike at VTR ???? I would think the 920 ,would lite up any i3 ,although they are getting a bit long in the tooth ,as is my 860. I am so bored and ready to do a new build!! But why would you want to go from 8 threads to 2? minimal ,why not just an i5 2500 even if not the K ???
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Considering that you're using it for basic uses, honestly it might actually be a tad bit faster if you overclock it a bit (the i3 2100 will overclock a little bit).

Throw it into a mATX overclocking board, and a tiny case. smile.gif Maybe with an H50 or similar for silence. biggrin.gif
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^^yeah, I looked at that. But it doesnt really give you a feel of real useage for a typical light load.

It's going on this board: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361415

I'm excited for my new SFF computer smile.gif
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Originally Posted by cutty1998;14511028 
Is that bike at VTR ????

close.....VFR800. My baby. Love it. Its before Honda screwed it up and put v-tec in it. (still love those models too though)

Only reason I am downgrading is because of cost. Since I built my last computer, I've gotten two Associate's degrees. (still can't spell) I am broke. I figure a CPU upgrade for my brithday would make this excellent.

Odd, I can't delete this post. Didn't mean to double post like that.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hondajt;14511058 
^^yeah, I looked at that. But it doesnt really give you a feel of real useage for a typical light load.

It's going on this board: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361415

I'm excited for my new SFF computer smile.gif

Can you do mATX? I'd suggest a mATX z68 or P67 board, a small mATX case, and you should be able to fit a half decent GPU in there with it in a small maTX build, along with a full sized PSU.

That way, you CAN upgrade to the i7 2600k or i5 2500k if you needed more horsepower later, and have fun overclocking to the sky and back....all in a tight little case. smile.gif
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...............poke.gif

your gona regret this and hate your friend when bc3 comes out
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Juliancahillane;14511124 
...............poke.gif

your gona regret this and hate your friend when bc3 comes out

I think you underestimate the SB i3's. wink.gif
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post #10 of 11
Can you extend your budget to include a Z68 series board?

You'll have an infinitely better upgrade path if you ever find yourself wanting to play games or anything relatively CPU hungry.

Pick up a halfway decent mATX board like the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z and the i3 2100 you want and down the road you'll be able to drop in a 2500k.

Also have you thought about using an AMD APU? Such as the A8-3850?
Edited by blackbalt89 - 8/8/11 at 3:07pm
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