Originally Posted by xd_1771
$162 shipped and $10 rebate on top
Drop the mobo to the AM3 ASRock 870 iCafe open box
for $48 shipped and the gap widens. Great motherboard as well. Or the M68MT-S2P
for similar cost.
Minimum-cost LGA1155 PC:
$182 shipped, no rebate.
No way it costs the same.
A whopping $13. Sadly enough, you would probably get this back from the electricity bill with the i3.
Originally Posted by jlells01
Not only is the Phenom II X4 955 BE less expensive than the i3-2100 by $20, but thanks to an unlocked multiplier, will outperform it when overclocked.
Now, with a 125W TDP, you're going to need a good HSF; regardless, your statement is rooted in nothing more than conjecture and bias.
No, the i3-2100 is faster than the Phenom II at 4.0ghz, read pioneer above and find just about any benchmark.
Again, the HSF isn't free and the TDP is higher than the already high 125W when overclocked.
Originally Posted by robwadeson
OP, I suggest you look for deals instead of just buying full price on newegg, you might even be able to snag an i5 rig with that budget (~$500). If your friend wants best gaming performance, get the i3, if he wants a little less gaming performance and overclocking, get the 955.
HSF isn't free and there's a huge power draw, especially after overclocking with the 955. See above.
Originally Posted by NuclearSlurpee
There are still many CPU dependant games out there. Like GTA 4 for example, it runs terrible on dual core i3s but when you put a Phenom x4 in there, performance rises a lot.
No, the i3-2100 is faster than the X4 in all games. Please find a benchmark before you blow smoke.
Basically you guys are recommending him buy a CPU and motherboard setup that he will have to overclock to 4.0ghz just to match the performance of the i3. To do that, not only would you need to buy a aftermarket cooler (not free) but you would be drawing 3-4 times the power of the i3 at load. The huge power differential also translates to much more heat produced by the Phenom.
On top of all this, he would have to go through the time and hassle of getting a stable overclock. All this for $13. Genius.
Stop giving such terrible advice.Edited by MinitroN - 10/4/11 at 10:05pm