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I was thinking of buying this processor is it good and will it hand gaming well?
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By itself, the Core i3 3220's iGPU won't handle gaming very well at all. The processor itself is quiet powerful and impressive. If you pair it with a dedicated video card, you'd be good to go.


If you want to be able to game without purchasing a dedicated video card, look into the A10-5800K. It has an iGPU that's about 3x faster in gaming and offers similar CPU performance. It costs about the same price as well. Not to mention, it's unlocked and overclockable.
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Wait sorry but will it pair well with the sapphireHD 7850?
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Wait sorry but will it pair well with the sapphireHD 7850?


Yes, that would work perfectly fine.
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Will it be able to handle the games out now and perform ok on things like photoshop?
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Will it be able to handle the games out now and perform ok on things like photoshop?

It shouldn't bottleneck your 7850 in most games out there, but for heavy Photoshop work you will need an Intel i7 CPU or an AMD 8 core CPU(FX-8320/50) plus a lot of Ram(16GB). If you just use photoshop casually you should be fine.
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You should be good to go. My wife's rig has a 3120 and a 650ti 2gb and I was shocked at how well it plays games like BF3.

EDIT: In photoshop it won't be as good as an I7 but for the price should be ok. What was your old pc?
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Will it be able to handle the games out now and perform ok on things like photoshop?


Yes it will work just fine. You'll probably be able to max nearly all games on the market @ 1080p. However if you are constantly using photoshop you may want to consider an NVIDIA GPU with CUDA cores considering CS5 and CS6 can benefit from CUDA acceleration.
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You should be good to go. My wife's rig has a 3120 and a 650ti 2gb and I was shocked at how well it plays games like BF3.

EDIT: In photoshop it won't be as good as an I7 but for the price should be ok. What was your old pc?
this is my first pc build so I was looking for a second opinion
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this is my first pc build so I was looking for a second opinion

You should be fine with gaming. If you later decide that the price of an I7 is worth the money for better performance than you can put that chip in your mobo.

I don't do any photoshop or editing but am amazed at how close the performance between the 3120 I have and the 2500k @4.6 I have is. It wont do cf or sli, but for the money with a single gpu it's an awesome budget cpu.
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