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no average motherboard (P55) will get you a clock of 4.4GHz from an i3-540, it has to be upper tier model and those to this day still cost money.
you should leave the i3-540 idea alone and save up more finances..
Which mobos are being used for these reviews? I found another review.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i3_540_530/12.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/31521-intel-core-i3-540-clarkdale-lga1156-processor-review-5.html
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ASUS P7P55D PRO was used in that last review. I can't seem to find pricing at the moment.
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get the i3 2120. it's really fast in gaming. I sidegraded from an overclocked phenom II x4 and the i3 2120 still outperformed it (I had a ridiculous bottleneck because it was paired with a gtx 670) +1 on the i3 2120. if you can find a used one the better.I bought a used i3 2120 + msi h61 motherboard even less than a brand new i3 2120

my 955 @ 4.2ghz with the NB overclocked to 2800 never bottlenecked anything. I actually shouldn't have upgraded to a 3570k and should've just saved my money.

But that's NB overclock plus good ambients for the 4.2ghz, which isn't available to everyone.
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If i was getting a phenom II x4 i would have gone in for that as that overclocks but the i3 2120 doesn't but since the phenom is not available I'm seeking other options. The 4.6Ghz performance really surprised me! I know the i3 2120 is good but it can't be overclocked leaving the i3 540 having better single threaded performance and same multi-threaded performance. But again I'm only considering it cause it overclocks really high.
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Like we have been saying, the 2130 is probably the better choice. The 540 overclock is not typical without a high end board. Your cost savings will probably be well lost by the time you factor in a high end 1156 board vs an h61 lga 1155 board.
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my 955 @ 4.2ghz with the NB overclocked to 2800 never bottlenecked anything. I actually shouldn't have upgraded to a 3570k and should've just saved my money.
But that's NB overclock plus good ambients for the 4.2ghz, which isn't available to everyone.

my phenom II x4 was on a cheap am2+ board so 3.6ghz(not fully stable but no problem for games) and 2.6ghz NB was the farthest I could take it (and it would downclock sometimes when it gets too hot). tested some becnhmarks and the i3 2120 performed better. and the funny thing is the i3 2120 hardly consumes any power



that's a i3 2120 + gtx 670 (at idle) not a small light bulb lol. crazy efficiency numbers there
 
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LOL what does it pull at load?
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my phenom II x4 was on a cheap am2+ board so 3.6ghz(not fully stable but no problem for games) and 2.6ghz NB was the farthest I could take it. tested some becnhmarks and the i3 2120 performed better. and the funny thing is the i3 2120 hardly consumes any power

that's a i3 2120 + gtx 670 (at idle) not a small light bulb lol. crazy efficiency numbers there
The core i3 2120 is amazing and performs better in gaming cause of it's single threaded performance.
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LOL what does it pull at load?

180w+
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The core i3 2120 is amazing and performs better in gaming cause of it's single threaded performance.

yep that's why I switched. the bottleneck is still there but the gtx 670 liked the i3 2120 a lot more than the phenom II x4 it's not a slouch neither with multithreadded games. i guess Hyperthreading really helped
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