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So, seems my motherboard (EVGA P55 FTW) has taken a dump on me, giving me the dreaded E8 code (memory). I've tried reseating my RAM to no avail. I've even tested my sticks in another system, and it checked out fine, so it seems the mobo has gone to greener pastures.

My question is... do I find another 1156 mobo for my i7-870 or do I go the cheaper, less power hungry route and go with an i3-2100 system? Seems Microcenter can allow me to purchase an i3-2100 and an MSI H61M-P23 for around $128 bucks.

I've been doing alot less video editing as of late, and the only game I've been seriously playing is Trackmania: Canyon. Should I pawn off my setup and go a bit greener in terms of power consumption?

I recently built a buddy of mine an i3-2100 system, and to be honest, it did everything I could ask of a system...

Even though it's a "downgrade", it almost seems like an upgrade of sorts to me...

Yay, or nay? Thoughts?
Edited by Bo_Punk_2.0 - 10/16/11 at 9:12am
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Why not RMA the board? $15 shipping and in 2 weeks, you get a fixed one.
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+1 EVGA is great when it comes to customer service. I bet if you just talked to them they would send you out a new one no problem.
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Unfortunately the board was bought B-stock and it's outside the 90 day warranty.
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Specifically for gaming purposes, yes, you would probably see little difference in most gaming scenarios. In fact, the i3 2100 is likely capable of better gaming performance because of its superior single/dual threaded performance in comparison to the i7 870 in some games, although that is entirely dependent on whether or not the game supports 4+ threads/cores.

if you do not have an explicit need for 8 threads and you feel that you can get by on 4, then an i3 2100 and budget board is a completely sensible move on your part.

More info on performance differences:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/107?vs=289

and you can expect a fair bit of power savings with an i3 2100 as well.
    
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