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post #31 of 34
I'm sorry but no amount of overclocking can overcome the 2 threads the wolfdale can process. With a 4.2 ghz O/C my e8400 had my gtx 465 running at 50% in bad company 2. GTA IV was unplayable at anything but the lowest settings, same with witcher 2. Games using more than 2 cores are becoming more and more common. I was saving up for a 2500k till found a 1055t here on OCN for a great deal. Fact is my 1055t processor won't bottleneck 2 gtx 465's in SLI (last upgrade i will make for a while), so it works for me. OP he doesn't need a 2500k necessary, but if he wants to play any of the new games coded for multi-core platforms he's going to need to upgrade in some manner. The 2500k is still the way to go if he can afford it, but there are plenty of options that will give him a huge boost without breaking the bank. An i3 2100 is a good idea IF he can afford a good 1155 mobo that can position him to drop an ivy processor in it later. Otherwise just look for a good deal and jump on it.
post #32 of 34
Read this. I thought it was very interesting. It compares the i7 to the i3 in gaming.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/943540-i3-vs-i7-gaming-performance-updated.html
post #33 of 34
I don't see the point in going i3 when the 2500K is so cheap.
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post #34 of 34
i3 2100 can't overclock. Get an older i3.
    
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