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Looking for an upgrade. Was considering to upgrade to the core i3 3220? Is this chip able to overclock? Will it show significant gains over the core i3 2120? For a mobo i had a look at the ASUS P8H 61-MLX,will it support both these chips as this board is within my budget? I've always considered AMD to be good when it comes to the price/performance ratio but the price of the fx4100 is almost equal to the price of these intel chips and i do know that bulldozer din't hit it big at all. The only other option i have is to wait till piledriver comes out and get a quad core. What should i do? I mainly use this rig for gaming and now many games are coming out which require a quad core.
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I don't know about the 3220 being a good overclocker or not. But AFAIK the H61 chipset doesn't support overclocking the CPU, somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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Okay and is the core i5 750 still being sold?
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now many games are coming out which require a quad core.

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Apparently in BF3 in the russian level if you're running dual-core one of your 2 buddies isn't even in the level. Within 2 years time i'd say quad core is going to be a must.
     
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Looking for an upgrade. Was considering to upgrade to the core i3 3220? Is this chip able to overclock? Will it show significant gains over the core i3 2120? For a mobo i had a look at the ASUS P8H 61-MLX,will it support both these chips as this board is within my budget? I've always considered AMD to be good when it comes to the price/performance ratio but the price of the fx4100 is almost equal to the price of these intel chips and i do know that bulldozer din't hit it big at all. The only other option i have is to wait till piledriver comes out and get a quad core. What should i do? I mainly use this rig for gaming and now many games are coming out which require a quad core.

Currently running an i5-2400 at the moment. Have recently owned an i7-3820, i5-2500k, 1090T, and FX-8120. I say don't bother with an Intel unless you get one that can overclock. The i3 cannot overclock. For your budget, I'd try out an FX-4170. That's going to be my next move to hold me over till PD releases. Also, no the i5-750 is not still being sold unless you find a used one.
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All 2xxx and 3xxx i3's can't OC much, maybe 5% or so.

I love my i3, but i have to accept it isn't up to the task in some cases. Still, i have not had any issues in BF3 or other CPU-heavy games, but that could be accounted to my overclock.

I wouldn't bother upgrading to an i3 from an Athlon x2. Just get a cheap Phenom II x4 or an FX-4xxx. That, or get a non-K i5.

You could upgrade to an i5-7xx or i7 8xx, but the 1156 socket is dead. It might work for a while but when you want to upgrade you would be forced to upgrade everything again.
   
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I would Get a 4100 Over a i3 Any day but thats just me, I would wait till piledriver meant to be released Early Next Month then Overclock That. Ive got the 4100 And im Holding out till steamroller.
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Will the performance of the core i5 650 equal that of the core i3 3220?
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Will the performance of the core i5 650 equal that of the core i3 3220?

No, unless you OC the i5. Also i just would not pick any i5 6xx's. They are simply i3's with Turbo, which is useless if you OC. In fact, my own i3 is the very same as that i5, putting aside turbo, AES and TPM support.

Ivy bridge has a ~25% advantage over any Nehalem/Clarkdale CPU. What makes those old CPU's still shine against modern i3 is OCing capabilities. Any Clarkie i3 worth it´s salt can get to 4 GHz or more. I bet my own i3 is faster than any Sandy/Ivy CPU's, outside of AES applications. Obviously it eats way more power and emits a whallop more heat though, it's a given considering the high OC.

I would just pick an i5-750 or something, hell, even an i7 860/870/875k/880 would be better than any Sandy/Ivy i3, just because of the core amount. The downside, as i said before, is that Socket 1156 is a "dead" socket. While awesome and powerful (just like socket 775) no more upgrades will be launched for it, so it would be a better option to jump into a 1155 socket, or touch it up and wait for Haswell if you plan to switch sides.

I would switch instead to AM3+ CPU's. AMD will not be phasing out that socket for a while, so you would be able to upgrade as long as you get a good motherboard.
   
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