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I'm shopping on newegg for an i3.

I see the Clarkdale 3.06GHz i3 for 99.99
I see the Sandy Bridge (on sale) 3.3GHz i3 for 107.99

Both have free shipping. What makes the Sandy Bridge better, if it is. I am assuming its the newer one, and it is .3GHz faster.

Recommendations? biggrin.gif
 
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Sandy bridge is the newer architecture with higher IPC than clarksdale. It is a much better deal to go with sandy bridge.
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I'm shopping on newegg for an i3.
I see the Clarkdale 3.06GHz i3 for 99.99
I see the Sandy Bridge (on sale) 3.3GHz i3 for 107.99
Both have free shipping. What makes the Sandy Bridge better, if it is. I am assuming its the newer one, and it is .3GHz faster.
Recommendations? biggrin.gif

SB i3 is better than Clarkdale i3 almost in every way: power consumption, computation power, iGPU, AVX, and lower heat output.

You should only consider Clarkdale if you have an existing LGA 1156 motherboard. For Clarkdale to surpass SB it needs to be overclocked significantly, which means more power draw, more heat, and better motherboard and/or HSF.
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Ok, cool. Plus the Sandy Bridge is only $8 more... so worth it...

What MoBo would go best with this? I'm buildilng a cheap rig, not a power house, for my wife. Looking for something cheap.
 
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Ok, cool. Plus the Sandy Bridge is only $8 more... so worth it...
What MoBo would go best with this? I'm buildilng a cheap rig, not a power house, for my wife. Looking for something cheap.

sandy bridge i3 21** is perfect for you. just pair it with the cheapest board you can find. with stock cooler and cheap pair of ddr3 ram. voila you have a decent gaming system for the wife.
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Indeed, that's what I was thinking.

Trying to decide on a cheap mobo though...
 
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Ok, cool. Plus the Sandy Bridge is only $8 more... so worth it...
What MoBo would go best with this? I'm buildilng a cheap rig, not a power house, for my wife. Looking for something cheap.

A cheap H61/H67 motherboard will do. If you need ATX motherboard ASRock Z68 Pro3 is only on Newegg for $99.99.
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Indeed, that's what I was thinking.
Trying to decide on a cheap mobo though...

i3 2100 is so efficient it wouldn't matter what board you buy. just get the cheapest you can get your hands on tongue.gif

edit:

you can't overclock them too so getting an expensive board would be a waste
Edited by jprovido - 12/12/11 at 2:22pm
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Will this GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX work?

Or this MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX

(*Side question) Will the Micro ATX fit in a regular case? And will my GPU be to big and block SATA ports?

Planning on tossing in a HD 4850 GPU, need to know that it will work in here too...

And using an XFX 450W PSU. Will that suffice? biggrin.gif
Edited by S2005 - 12/12/11 at 2:30pm
 
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Any H61/H67/Z68 motherboard will work. mATX will fit inside an ATX case. Out of those 2 motherboards I would pick MSI for more USB ports, a PCI slot, and right angle SATA port.

Some GPUs do block SATA ports. I once used ASUS P8H61-M with my GTX 460 and it was a problem.
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