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Originally Posted by digiadventures;14643047 
It's for old i3 540 I am talking about new i3 2100
It's really hard to find reviews comparing e8600 and new i3 2100 I guess because e8600 is so old now smile.gif

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/54?vs=289
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Originally Posted by sccr64472;14643069 
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/54?vs=289

Ok thanks,now I just have to imagine what 700 mhz difference in clock would do ( anandtech ran it at stock )
i3 doesn't seem to be that much faster,except in dragon age.
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For the extra ~$100 for a 2500k he would see a major jump in performance. If he is on a really tight budget you should see if he has anything he could sell for the extra cash (old consoles, other electronics, other hobby stuff) or do odd jobs for the cash. Hell, I'm not proud. I'm 32 and have mowed my neighbors lawns for a quick $20 bucks:D
post #14 of 34
The i3 2100 have locked multiplier and therefore cannot overclock much. You can probably get about 400mhz on top of the stock speed and then that's it. If your friend does not have enough money to upgrade, then I would suggest either he save up little bit more and get the 2500k or sell his E8600 + old motherboard + old ram and then jump to a 2500k.
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For what it's worth, having a Core 2 Duo at 4GHz myself, I would not move to a Core i3 2100 unless it was given to me. I'd see the IPC as comparable (comparing the 4GHz Core 2 to the stock Core i3), maybe even in favor of the Core 2 at times, so it comes down to Hyper-threading. That makes it better obviously, but only in select situations, and not worth of a platform change alone. Go for nothing less than the Core i5 2500K.
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Originally Posted by digiadventures;14643047 
It's for old i3 540 I am talking about new i3 2100
It's really hard to find reviews comparing e8600 and new i3 2100 I guess because e8600 is so old now smile.gif
Even if you did, you likely wouldn't find one that includes the Core 2 Duo E8600 at 4GHz. The Core 2 Duo E8600 alone is harder to find results for since they usually used the Core 2 Duo E8400 since it was more common. They did the same thing with the Core 2 Quad, often using Q6600 instead of Q9x50 results against Core i7 results when they came out. It makes the newer stuff look just that much better too, but I do see the sense in using the more common CPUs.

You've just to put in some guess work in those cases, but as I said above, it's an improvement for sure, but not a very worthwhile one in my opinion. Unless he needs the extra cores/threads and doesn't mind paying for that alone and otherwise doing what I'd see as a sidegrade, I think he should sit on what he has until he can afford better.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 8/19/11 at 1:20pm
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Dont bother. More of a sidestep than anything.
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Originally Posted by marik123;14643730 
The i3 2100 have locked multiplier and therefore cannot overclock much. You can probably get about 400mhz on top of the stock speed and then that's it. If your friend does not have enough money to upgrade, then I would suggest either he save up little bit more and get the 2500k or sell his E8600 + old motherboard + old ram and then jump to a 2500k.
If you could get 400mhz out of the i3-2100 it would be the chip of the century...
    
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post #18 of 34
I agree with most. Save your money for an i5 2500K, and you'll really notice the difference.
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post #19 of 34
Best value chips in the line-up at the moment are:
i3-2100
i5-2400
i5-2500k

He should get the best one he can afford. Taking into account that you'll need a more expensive mobo to get the best out of the 2500k, the i5-2400 is probably the best value option, and it can probably push a GTX560, or even a 570 just fine.

Overclockers won't admit it, but even a 2500k is overkill for most midrange gpu setups. Your CPU only needs to be fast enough to not bottleneck the GPU.
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@OP, what GPU does he have, or plan on getting? There's no point in getting a 2500k if he's only going to use it with a GTX460.
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