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thanks Defunctronin. Got some useful info.

Seems like everyone almost frowns at my cpu whenever they look at the rig! However, I guess the cpu isn't as bad as when one looks at a pentium based cpu and say "ow, it's the age-old pentium dual-core, not even an i3!".. Lol..

As you probably know, it's one of the second generation dual-core Pentium G series processors and I bought it mainly on the basis of Tom's Hardware articles like Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU: FX, An APU, Or A Pentium? and Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: July 2012 and considering the proximity of it with core i3-2100 in terms of performance. However, I wanted to buy the Pentium G860(3GHz) which wasn't available in the market and ended up with G630(2.7 GHz)

To quote from the first article:




"If the above chart presents any surprises, they'd be the dual-core Pentium G630 and G860, which perform incredibly well, matching up to AMD's former Phenom II X4 955 flagship. At $80 and $100 respectively, both Sandy Bridge-based Pentiums boldly snatch the budget gaming CPU recommendation from the Athlon II CPUs we’re used to seeing dominate this segment. Granted, AMD's lowest-priced models are starting to go extinct as the company's APUs gain prominence anyway."

And from the second:

"It turns out that the budget-oriented Sandy Bridge-based Pentium family performs very well in games. Specifically, Intel's $70 Pentium G630 beat the FX-4100, -6100, and -8120 in our recent sub-$200 CPU gaming comparison. In fact, it finished right on par with the Phenom II X4 955.

As a result, Intel displaces AMD at the bottom rung of our recommendation list yet again this month. There's not much else to add, except that if you consider the Phenom II X4 to be a capable gaming CPU, Intel's Pentium G630 is just as viable with a lower thermal ceiling."


However, it's true that it's a very entry-level processor in terms of gaming.

And waiting for more answers of my questions from others too...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570k ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Sapphire HD 7970 OC with boost G.SKILL TridentX 2400 Mhz - CL10 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 pro Western Digital Cavier Blue ASUS DVD-R/DVD-RW drive Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit  Samsung S24F350FHW G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570 MX Cooler Master V550 – semi-modular 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
CM 690 III Logitech G102 Prodigy Realtek ALC 898 Sennheiser HD 558 
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