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Is there any model of i3's that are overclockable?

I was for the longest time planning on an AMD build upgrade in the future due to the bang for buck they seem to produce but I was reading that the AMD Phenom II X4 965 can bottleneck high end GPU's which leaves me in the middle again.

Is this true?

Does a Phenom II X4 965 bottleneck ATI Radeon HD 6XXX-7XXX series GPUs?

If so... I would prefer to eye an intel processor however Im still on a budget hence me eyeing i3s... But are any of them overclockable?

Thanks for any responses... biggrin.gif
     
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1156 i3's were overclockable, but 1155 are not (aside from a ~ 5% o/c) - a 965 with high clocks would be fine for a single GPU (though a 7950/70 would be pushing it)
Edited by appleg33k85 - 5/21/12 at 12:21pm
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Above pretty much said it, 1155 i3's aren't 'unlocked' so they say. But that doesn't mean they perform any worse, they are in fact VERY good cpu's.
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You can get a small overclock from 1155 i3's. I've got a 2120 that pulls 3.50GHz 24/7 stable with less than stock volts. Loads at 40*C on the stock cooler, and handles my 7970 just fine in gaming at 2560x1600.
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They can't be overclocked much without corrupting data.For reliable use..It's pretty much a no-no.
1156 i3s OC like a beast.. idk why Intel doesn't make an unlocked 1155 i3 rolleyes.gif
However..all those dual-core-Hyperthreading chips choke on heavy games:i.e:GTA IV ..the heavier-duty ones..
True Quad-cores do fine.
960T is a good AMD cpu (If you can find one)
or an 1156 quad..or a 2500K
A 965 @ 4.0+ Ghz is fine for gaming.
But a quad 1156-or-later (Think "Core i*")is a bit better.
Nowadays one really has to dig to find a good 1156 board.
There's a lot of 1366 gear going in the marketplace.
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2130 can hit 3.5-3.6Ghz depending on how high you can get the Bclk. 105 is usually the max on a lot of boards
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2130 can hit 3.5-3.6Ghz depending on how high you can get the Bclk. 105 is usually the max on a lot of boards
If you run a 105 bclck..Data will be corrupted.
It doesn't matter to me...but I unplug any data drives before pushing bclck on sb.
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What is your budget?
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2130 can hit 3.5-3.6Ghz depending on how high you can get the Bclk. 105 is usually the max on a lot of boards
If you run a 105 bclck..Data will be corrupted.
It doesn't matter to me...but I unplug any data drives before pushing bclck on sb.

I've been running 106.15 BCLK on mine since I built it in December, and its my file server....using onboard RAID even. No data corruption thus far.

From my experience, the BCLK issues tend to screw with SSD's the worst. My i5 rig pulled 105.5 stable with my RAID0 mech drives. When I got a SSD, I can't get over about 103 stable anymore.
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What is your budget?

Price range for a processor is about 100-125 dollars for me.
     
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