i3's are pretty pointless in my opinion. They're basically higher clocked Celeron/Pentiums with HT, VT-D, AVX support, better graphics, a larger cache for 2-3 times the price. Most people don't need VT-D and won't notice the difference in performance. If you're spending $110-140 for an i3 you might as well buy a FX6300 or spend a little more and go for an i5 or a FX8320.
If anyone is looking for a $200-300 Office/Web Browsing/Movie Watching/Light Gaming build then check out Intel's Celerons. Microcenter has been selling Sandy and Ivy Celerons for $35 for over a year now. My grandpa has a Celeron G1610 with 8GB memory and a 64GB Crucial C300. It plays 1080p flawlessly off the integrated graphics and my brother plays Minecraft or has multiple Runescape clients open at once and it's very snappy. You can get a B75 motherboard for around $50 with USB 3.0 and SATA III, 8GB of memory for $50, a 120GB SSD for $90, a Seasonic or Corsair PSU for $30/40, and a quality case with front panel USB 3.0 like the Fractal Designs Core 1000 for $30 and have a cheap, rig that's overkill for a lot of people's needs.
Edited by Ecstacy - 9/2/13 at 6:00pm