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post #11 of 24
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Yeah, an i3 is good enough for gaming but you will have to buy a new motherboard.

I guess the its all down to power consumption, so why not put your i7 back at stock (or put it at say, 2GHz)- that will help with your power bill. Be sure to keep the voltages as low as possible.

But the main culprit is that graphics card. Why not sell your 470 and get a 460.Failing that, you could always under clock it.

Hope this helps.
I agree. Reducing the overclock on the i7 and optimizing the voltages are great ideas to save money. And that 470 is an enormous power hog. You could sell it and get a power-sipping HD6850 for around $150 online.
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Whats the point of keeping extremely expensive kit you dont need, and downclocking it so that you defeat the point of owning said expensive kit, just to save a few £££'s on bills? As oppose to a big cash injection from downgrading?
    
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post #14 of 24
Yeah i3 will be fine, hell my e8400 is fine, I can max out Metro 2033 in DX11.
post #15 of 24
The i3 is more than capable of running any game. I max out everything with no lag.
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Whats the point of keeping extremely expensive kit you dont need, and downclocking it so that you defeat the point of owning said expensive kit, just to save a few £££'s on bills? As oppose to a big cash injection from downgrading?
That's the thing. He probably won't be able to save that much money since he's selling off used parts. Unless he buys a used i3/1156 setup, he probably won't save much in the long run AND he would need to upgrade earlier once the i3 becomes insufficient for his needs.
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That's the thing. He probably won't be able to save that much money since he's selling off used parts. Unless he buys a used i3/1156 setup, he probably won't save much in the long run AND he would need to upgrade earlier once the i3 becomes insufficient for his needs.
Did you see what he posted about how much he saved?
    
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Did you see what he posted about how much he saved?
No... I don't see that post?
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Hmmz I think maybe it was in another topic.
He got a Mobo/CPU/RAM for the price of an i7 or an X58 mobo.
    
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Hmmz I think maybe it was in another topic.
He got a Mobo/CPU/RAM for the price of an i7 or an X58 mobo.
Oh lol. Well if he can sell the i7 and mobo for $400+ and then grab an i3 530/540 and mobo for $200 then it might be worth it.
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