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So that i3 would perform better than a 955 Black? They're about the same price.

Yes, from what I read on these forums the 955 needs to be oced to 4.0~4.2 to equal the performance of the i3. Which leads to purchasing an aftermarket cooler to get those clocks. Also the 955 is not a guarantee overclock to 4.0.
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Yes, the 955 needs to be oced to 4.0~4.2 to equal the performance of the i3 from what I have read on these forums. Which leads to purchasing an aftermarket cooler to get those clocks. Also the 955 is not a guarantee overclock to 4.0.

Man, you're on top of things! Thanks for all the quick responses.

I'm assuming it blows my 9400 out of the water too? lol. I found a bundle deal with the Asus P8H67-M Evo with a $17 savings. Any huge difference between that mobo and the ASRock?

Edit: Nevermind, didn't see the Asus was a mATX.
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So that i3 would perform better than a 955 Black? They're about the same price.

It's pointless to get that asrock gen3 extreme3 motherboard for the i3, you cannot overclock that processor. Unless ofcoarse you want to have upgrade options for the future. The i3 would perform slightly better in games, but anything that utilizes quad cores you'll see the 955 pull ahead. The i3 is a solid processor, you can't really go wrong either way...they're priced similar for a reason.

Additionally along with my i5 quad core I already listed, here's an AMD 6 core setup (fx) (think this would be the best option personally)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280
    
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It's pointless to get that asrock gen3 extreme3 motherboard for the i3, you cannot overclock that processor. Unless ofcoarse you want to have upgrade options for the future. The i3 would perform slightly better in games, but anything that utilizes quad cores you'll see the 955 pull ahead. The i3 is a solid processor, you can't really go wrong either way...they're priced similar for a reason.
Additionally along with my i5 quad core I already listed, here's an AMD 6 core setup (fx) (think this would be the best option personally)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

Its the best combo he can grab for under 300. It supports the new ivy bridge cpus and has pci-e 3.0 slots. Plus he can throw another 570 in there. You can't oc the i5 2400 either...
Edited by Quesoblanco - 12/23/11 at 2:57pm
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You really cannot go wrong with the i3 2100 processor and your choice of mobo + ram.

It pretty much blows everything out of the water at its price point.thumb.gif
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Man, you're on top of things! Thanks for all the quick responses.
I'm assuming it blows my 9400 out of the water too? lol. I found a bundle deal with the Asus P8H67-M Evo with a $17 savings. Any huge difference between that mobo and the ASRock?
Edit: Nevermind, didn't see the Asus was a mATX.

Yes it's an improvement in gaming over the q9400. Might as well get the asrock... supports ivy bridge and pci-e 3.0. Supports another video card just in case you want to grab another 570 in the future.. at full bandwidth. Also has room for a sound card if you wanted to throw that in there also. Dont quote me... but that asus board only supports up to 1333 unless you want to OC your ram to get 1600. Where the Asrock supports native ddr3 1600...
Edited by Quesoblanco - 12/23/11 at 3:01pm
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Its the best combo he can grab for under 300. It supports the new ivy bridge cpus and has pci-e 3.0 slots. You can't oc the i5 2400 either...

I didn't put it in a Z68 overclocking board that would provide no benefit once so ever either thumb.gif

Why set him up for future upgrades on a budget when he obviously hasnt upgraded in forever? By the time this guy gets around to upgrade, he'll be upgrading to next gen budget items more than likely. So why gimp him putting in a dual core when he can get a quad sandy bridge? Just so he has overclocking and upgrade potential he'll likely never get around to using? doh.gif


The i3 is good, but that setup is a waste of cash that could be better spent just buying a more solid system for just his needs. Yeah, this is OCN but not everyone is worried about crazy upgrades and yadda yadda, they just want something that just works
    
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Alright, looks like the i3 is taking the cake. Found a combo with some PNY Optima ram, would there be a huge difference between the Patriot at 1600 and the Optima at 1333? There's a $10 difference there.

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I didn't put it in a Z68 overclocking board that would provide no benefit once so ever either thumb.gif
Why set him up for future upgrades on a budget when he obviously hasnt upgraded in forever? By the time this guy gets around to upgrade, he'll be upgrading to next gen budget items more than likely. So why gimp him putting in a dual core when he can get a quad sandy bridge? Just so he has overclocking and upgrade potential he'll likely never get around to using? doh.gif
The i3 is good, but that setup is a waste of cash that could be better spent just buying a more solid system for just his needs. Yeah, this is OCN but not everyone is worried about crazy upgrades and yadda yadda, they just want something that just works

Upgrades kind of come in spurts. Future proofing for a bit extra is always a nice buffer in case he finds some game that requires it. Only reason I haven't made the jump to a 2500k is that what I've got now plays everything I've got just fine.
Edited by Vocality - 12/23/11 at 3:00pm
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955s are not as bad as people act, but it is a dead end upgrade.
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I didn't put it in a Z68 overclocking board that would provide no benefit once so ever either thumb.gif
Why set him up for future upgrades on a budget when he obviously hasnt upgraded in forever? By the time this guy gets around to upgrade, he'll be upgrading to next gen budget items more than likely. So why gimp him putting in a dual core when he can get a quad sandy bridge? Just so he has overclocking and upgrade potential he'll likely never get around to using? doh.gif
The i3 is good, but that setup is a waste of cash that could be better spent just buying a more solid system for just his needs. Yeah, this is OCN but not everyone is worried about crazy upgrades and yadda yadda, they just want something that just works

Like I said before the i3 runs like a quad core....Ya but for 120 bucks why not? Might as well buy quality.. he may change his mind.... he may get a good paying job.... he may get super hardcore band.gif
Edited by Quesoblanco - 12/23/11 at 3:10pm
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