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Intel Core i3 2120T, normal 2100/2120, or wait (Media Centre build)

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Looking to upgrade the cpu and mobo on my aging but still capable media centre (C2D E7400 + ATI 5750 DDR5 + Intel X25V SSD).

The obvious choices for CPUs are the i3s.

Whats the performance hit like on the T variants? I'm attracted to it because in Australia we get 35 degree+ summer days, and my present setup needs to run with the case cover off if the temp is in that region, otherwise it overheats (I do believe its the mobo, as I've replaced the stock cpu cooler with arctic and when its 20 degrees ambient it idles in mid 30s).

IGP performance and transcoding is irrelevant, this is a media centre with a real graphics card for light gaming duties (hence why I'm discounting AMD fusion procs). I plan on keeping the card until the 7570 equivalent comes out.

Also, mATX mobo recommendations appreciated. I really want old fashioned PCI ports as my 7+ year old TV tuner is still trucking along ROTFL

I'm thinking of something like below

Intel Core i3 2120T
ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard B3
Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
Edited by wintermute000 - 1/31/12 at 6:10pm
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I would go with the non t variant as there are quite a few differences just make sure you get a nice cooler like a noctua nh-d14

Also the Asrock Z68 Pro3-M looks nice as well as the Asus P8Z68-M PRO
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T version (and S version) are SO not worth it. You can buy the regular 2100 and downclock the multiplier through BIOS. So cheaper and energy efficient, not that 2100 is power hungry (full load only consume 26 W on my setup).

Oh, and NH-D14 are absolutely overkill for 2100. Hyper 212+ is more than enough.
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T version (and S version) are SO not worth it. You can buy the regular 2100 and downclock the multiplier through BIOS. So cheaper and energy efficient, not that 2100 is power hungry (full load only consume 26 W on my setup).
Oh, and NH-D14 are absolutely overkill for 2100. Hyper 212+ is more than enough.

If he is worried about temps who cares for spending a lil more? Also means ready for future upgrades :-P
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thanks all I think I'll go regular i3, been reading a few reviews saying the T variant is overly hobbled.
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