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So I've looked around at some threads on this site and I have a feeling what the answer will be but I figured I'd post just for a 2nd (and 3rd, 4th...etc.) opinion.

i3-2100 on NewEgg 124.99 with 10.00 promo code

AMD 955BE on NewEgg 119.00 with 15.00 promo code

AMD 555BE on NewEgg 87.99 with 8.00 promo code

The codes all go off tonight.

I wish I had a MicroCenter around me.

Uses for Computer: Light gaming (Only WoW at the moment), Internet, and Open Office
post #2 of 6
Go with Llano chip. a6-3850. overclock it.

someone had found a deal which amounted to $128 for chip+mobo, which also gives you the in-built 4xxx grade gpu. that's practically a computer if you shove in a ram stick and a hdd.

that would place you well for light gaming. if, you add in another $80 and crossfire it with (hybrid) a discrete 6670 card, that would place you at the start of mid to high gaming, and you'd do fine in everything.
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The 955 and 965 are great chips. I wouldn't go dual core when you can get 955 for a few dollars more. AMD MoBos are cheaper too.
     
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post #4 of 6
I've never gamed on an i3, so no experience.

I started out with a 555 on an AM2+ board. It worked well with my 9800gt, overclocked well on a $15 cooler, and didn't heat up the place. Mine never unlocked to 4 cores, but I heard some do.

I upgraded to a 955 on an AM3 board with a GTS250, then later a HD6950. It worked so well, my honey is still using that mainboard and chip. It required a slightly better cooler to keep the temps down, but it OC'ed to 3.6ghz with no problems.

I would recommend either. The 955 if you can afford it; save yourself from having to upgrade again later.
 
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post #5 of 6
for light gaming and general use, yeah, definitely see how Llano handles WoW.

otherwise, unless you're emotionally invested in AMD, the i3 is the better chip for the money. though, it's not a true quad, so when multitasking it can stutter a bit.

i3s should come down in price soon according to news and release of the new i7-2700k.
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