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Cheap upgrade.. i3 2100 - i5 2500K - FX8120

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New parts for a friends pc.. Currently has a 775 Gigabyte mobo, E5300 (slight overclock 266x13 - 3.4Ghz), Hyper TX3, and 4GB DDR2 800Mhz memory. All which are being sold.

-->Will be reusing..

Antec 300 case
Corsair TX650 psu
LG DVDRW SATA
WD 500GB HD SATA
HD5770 gpu
Logitech mouse and keyboard
20" Dell LCD @1680x1050
Windows 7 64 bit

Will be buying tomorrow from the local MC.. Which one do you think? All purpose pc, some light gaming..


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post #2 of 11
For budget bang for buck get the 2100 build, for pure performance get the 2500k.
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For budget bang for buck get the 2100 build, for pure performance get the 2500k.

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If cost is an issue, then the 8120 setup is the clear winner with the free motherboard and should provide plenty of performance.

If cost is not an issue, I'd sooner get the 2500k over the 2100 if building a brand new rig.
    
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that's a really good deal for a 2500k build..where was that when i did mine? :kookoo.gif
i'd go with that..

h61 is all locked down..i stuck my 2500k in mine..it reallly gimped it..
but for lower-end..eh..how about reallly cheap z68(like that mATX board for $74 :eek.gifsmile.gif and i3 2100
 
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You should be able to get a $50 discount on some motherboard with the i5-2500k CPU. Or alteast I know at the MC here in Houston you can. It's shown on the online ad. I would definitely go with the i5-2500k and choose a motherboard with a $50 discount as well to make the deal even sweeter.
    
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You should be able to get a $50 discount on some motherboard with the i5-2500k CPU. Or alteast I know at the MC here in Houston you can. It's shown on the online ad. I would definitely go with the i5-2500k and choose a motherboard with a $50 discount as well to make the deal even sweeter.

That was a really cheap z68 mobo and did include the $50 instant off for the final price of $74.99. I will probaby talk him into the i5 2500K route. Although, I haven't build an AMD system in a long time.. Is BD really that bad??
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If cost is an issue, then the 8120 setup is the clear winner with the free motherboard and should provide plenty of performance.
If cost is not an issue, I'd sooner get the 2500k over the 2100 if building a brand new rig.

I totally second the 8120 if cost is a issue with the free mobo and all. The 8120 is a great chip when it comes to multi-threaded apps such as encoding but falls short when it comes to anything single threaded. If he's using programs that are not going to make use of all those cores, the 2500K is a much better choice and could always get a 2600 or one of the new Ivy bridge if he needs more threads in the future thumb.gif

Good Luck
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Just go with the 2500K deal.Should keep your friend happy thumb.gif
post #10 of 11
My vote goes to the 2500k. I had an FX-8120 and needless to say it didn't cut it for me in terms of gaming performance. Although it will outperform the 2500k in heavily threaded apps, the power consumption and lightly threaded performance leaves a lot to be desired. And from what I've seen, an overclocked i5 2500k will run circles around it.
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