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So i downgraded from my an I7 rig to an I3, There where two main reasons, 1) Save money- being a student it was not much point keeping such expensive hardware 2) I never do any video encoding/folding, So no need for an i7 set-up.

(Kept a GTX470 as GPU)
Before:
I7-920 (4.2ghz)
Rampage III extreme
6GB Geil Value plus 1600mhz cl9

Sold all of the above for £380.00

Purchased:
i3-540, 4.4ghz (might get 4.6)
H55M-UD2H
4GB Ripjaws CL7

Cost: £200

= £180 Profit (and Yes its alot of money to me)


So for benchmarks:
SuperPI time increased (Single threaded benchmark)
Crysis warhead benchmark - No change in FPS
Windows 7 restart time - Increased .
Bad company 2 - No change in FPS
GTA IV - No change in fps (runs maxd out, 80% cpu usage)


So overall it was a pretty good move, I only plan on keeping the rig for another year and it should run any game for the next year as easily as an I7.

1) There are a few downsides - If i ever do any video encoding/edition/design work my I7 would have been better
2) The motherboard is MATX and looks kind of retarded compared to my R3E
3) No usb 3.0/sata 6.0gbps on this specific mobo
4) I3 not ideal for SLI, but am not a fan of SLI anyway


What's more is i can spend the £180 on things like new graphics card/ speakers/peripherals - where i will actually notice a difference in my urm..'computer useing ' experience
Edited by antipesto93 - 1/18/11 at 6:49am
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I guess it makes sense but when you upgrade in the future it will cost you more as the re-sell value of i3 isn't as much as i7.

Unless you really needed the £180 it seems like a strange move
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ive been considering moving down to i3 myself lol.

feel any difference in gaming?

i dont give a rats ass about benching
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Originally Posted by jeffries7 View Post
I guess it makes sense but when you upgrade in the future it will cost you more as the re-sell value of i3 isn't as much as i7.

Unless you really needed the £180 it seems like a strange move
True, But the resell value of an I7 will go down quite a bit, Considering most 1366 users will be going towards IVY?

the i3 is not being replaced for quite some time, but even if it does depreciate i wont loose much

Thats my thinking behind it anyway
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yea, what's the point of downgrading?
Should have kept your i7, since you already bought it
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ive been considering moving down to i3 myself lol.

feel any difference in gaming?

i dont give a rats ass about benching
no difference at all!
i3 beats my i7 in single/dual threaded benchmarks anyway.
Besides it will be AGES until there are 8 - threaded games.
(Wayyy after IVY)
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post #7 of 32
Berkshire!
Short term, good move.
Long term, not so.
But I suppose you are leavng uni in a year (amirite?) so you'll have more money then anyway
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yea, what's the point of downgrading?
Should have kept your i7, since you already bought it
"1) Save money- being a student it was not much point keeping such expensive hardware 2) I never do any video encoding/folding, So no need for an i7 set-up.
"
Did you even read anything?
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Berkshire!
Short term, good move.
Long term, not so.
But I suppose you are leavng uni in a year (amirite?) so you'll have more money then anyway
How did you know
Will probably end up getting a laptop for uni anyway, So why not sell the i7 now while its still worth quite a bit XD
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Originally Posted by antipesto93 View Post
True, But the resell value of an I7 will go down quite a bit, Considering most 1366 users will be going towards IVY?

the i3 is not being replaced for quite some time, but even if it does depreciate i wont loose much

Thats my thinking behind it anyway
Erm. It's being replaced in a month: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=53422

Not a bad move though. I doubt that you could have sold your i7 rig for £380.00 in a years time.
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