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I'm looking to upgrade my son's computer. He's running a Q6600 @ stock speeds and I want to make the jump to Intel. I don't have a lot of cash so I was thinking trying out a Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 board with a Intel Core i3-2120. How does this dual core with HT compare to my Phenom II 955 BE? My AMD stuff is going into his rig and the new Sandy Bridge is coming into mine. Suggestions?
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post #2 of 11
This might offers some ideas:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=289
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both of your systems are fine. overclock and itll be much faster. ur current rigs should last you a couple more years.
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I think saving some money on the motherboard (some h67 mb) and buying a more expensive CPU (i5 2300-2500) would make a lot more sense...

but you can also try to overclock the q6600 and it should give you a nice improvement
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To second what the others have said, an i3-2100 is approx. equal in performance to a Q6600 IFF the Q6600 is overclocked. Anandtech's benchmarker shows that the i3-2100 beats the snot out of a Q6600 at stock. But raise that joker a GHZ if you're having performance issues, and stay with it!

Now, if you just really want to make the jump to Sandy Bridge, then the i3-2100 is a truly remarkable chip. I would say that it's the fastest dual-core on the market (but a heavily overclocked Nehalem i3 maybe faster.... thinking.gif )

Bottom line: To save money, overclock the Q6600. It's still a good chip.
For some fun, get the i3. You will NOT be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

To second what the others have said, an i3-2100 is approx. equal in performance to a Q6600 IFF the Q6600 is overclocked. Anandtech's benchmarker shows that the i3-2100 beats the snot out of a Q6600 at stock. But raise that joker a GHZ if you're having performance issues, and stay with it!
Now, if you just really want to make the jump to Sandy Bridge, then the i3-2100 is a truly remarkable chip. I would say that it's the fastest dual-core on the market (but a heavily overclocked Nehalem i3 maybe faster.... thinking.gif )
Bottom line: To save money, overclock the Q6600. It's still a good chip.
For some fun, get the i3. You will NOT be disappointed.

+1

If you do jump into i3-2120 then get ASRock Z68 Pro3 instead (if you have no plan for CF/SLI and plan to OC in the future with K CPU no more than 4.5 GHz). If no overclocking and no CF/SLI at all get H61/H67 motherboard. If you plan to overclock with K CPU over 4.5 GHz get ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3.
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post #7 of 11
I made a jump from a Q8400 @ 3.2 to my i3 2120 and in everything except 3dmark 11 its faster, and in 3dmark 11 its only 300 CPU points behind lol
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honestly yeah if I was you OP I would just pick up a decent cooler and overclock that Q6600 it would be the best cost efficient increase in performance. My 2 cents
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sell a Q6600 and buy an i5 2300-2500
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Originally Posted by RipperRoo View Post

sell a Q6600 and buy an i5 2300-2500

How much would I get for a Q6600? If I could sell the cpu, mobo, and ram and it at least cover half the cost of a 2500K, I'll seriously consider it.
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