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So im planing on building a Mini ITX computer over the winter for fun, and to cheap cost down i was thinking about using a sandy bridge i3 cpu, but was curious is this process will be able to handle the newest games on max, because i find my i5 2500k is overkill..
thanks for you input
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It should handle games, but not without a decent gpu.
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i think i3 will do fair on most of the games.. not quite sure about the max settings, if you can..
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Originally Posted by Thermaltake View Post

It should handle games, but not without a decent gpu.

obviously a decent gpu will be needed to run max settings, but i was curious if i could fit on that can run the most power hungry games, if the i3 could handle it
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Not really. If you say got the 580 I have a feeling the i3 wouldn't be able to keep up without some serious overclocking. A i5 2500k would be a better investment but then again more power, heat etc. But it wouldn't bottle neck a GPU. It also depends on what res you are playing on etc. And just how far you want to max them out.
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The core i3 does well with games. It wins every month on Toms hardware guide for cpu's for the money.

Like every one else is saying it all depends on the gpu. Paired with a radeon HD 6800 or Geforce 460 1 GB card you will be able to play most games at 1920x1080 with most visuals turned on for a really low price.


On a side note, I hope you have your hard drives already because if you're buying now be prepared to fork over a lot money due to market supply. You would be better off getting an SSD for the prices now.
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The i3 will handle anything you throw at it, and wont bottleneck either. Also consider going with an 1156 i3 which you could easily overclock over 4ghz. If your mITX will have any ability to move air through it that is.
     
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post #8 of 9
2500k overkill ? no .. depending on what resolution and what games you play

The 2500k eats that tiny little i3 , in any decent game .

Dual cores are phasing out , quad is mainstream for gaming now .

but in saying that you shouldnt have a problem with most games , though dont expect awsome performance in cpu demanding games .
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The core i3 does well with games. It wins every month on Toms hardware guide for cpu's for the money.
Like every one else is saying it all depends on the gpu. Paired with a radeon HD 6800 or Geforce 460 1 GB card you will be able to play most games at 1920x1080 with most visuals turned on for a really low price.
On a side note, I hope you have your hard drives already because if you're buying now be prepared to fork over a lot money due to market supply. You would be better off getting an SSD for the prices now.

ya i have links on hdd, i bought 3 slight used WD6000HLHX with 4yr warranty, for $120 a peace, and my link has several others biggrin.gif, prices right now are crazy for hdd but back on subject i have 2500k right now in my current build and i love it, i thought i might of regretted stepping down from my old i7 950 but nope dont regret a thing.
But ya i was looking a the sandbridge i3's to cheap costs down and am curious if they can do the job
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