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since MC wont do the deal for the i3 again (maybe in a month or 2..) im i better off getting a i3 550 instead of the i3 2100?

im planning on using a antec h20 for it so it would be a waste if i dont OC.

im comparing it side by side and im not seeing a huge difference between them.. besides the lock 2100..
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Personally, I'd look at getting the new i3. But the old i3 is good for a HTPC etc.
post #3 of 16
the new core I3 are an equivelant of de Core 2 Duo E8500 but cheaper
id say go with the new one you would be more future proof
Socket 1155
post #4 of 16
What is it for, gaming? If it's gaming get the old one unless you don't care to overclock, although with the new one you could drop in a different 1155 chip when they get cheaper.

If you don't care about that, that cooler should get you atleast 4.2 on the older one which won't be to much different then your i7 in most games.

Also the e8500 is about as comparable to either i3 as a C2Q is to an i5/i7.
Edited by Horsemama1956 - 4/13/11 at 6:53am
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Old one is better, because you can overclock it. SB i3 has multipliers locked, so getting a 10% overclock is being too lucky.

On the other side, new one would be future-proof, as sockett 1155 will be used by SB-E and Ivy Bridge. But until those come out, you'd be stuck with an overclock-less CPU.

In the end, it comes down if you can afford upgrading later to a better CPU, and the use you plan to give it right now,
   
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An i3 is absolutely overkill of an HTPC.

Any i3 is still a fantastic gaming CPU (fast dual core CPUs still game great).
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Just save up until you can buy a 2500k.The 2100 would suck and the 1156 cpu is just out of the question,because you don't want to buy a motherboard with a dead socket.
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The old one is better. The new i3's can't overclock where as the older ones can easily hit ~4.2Ghz+ in most cases.
    
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I have an i3 560 it was ridiculously easy to over clock. I am at 4.35 at 1.38. It's a good little chip.
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Originally Posted by djsi38t View Post
Just save up until you can buy a 2500k.The 2100 would suck and the 1156 cpu is just out of the question,because you don't want to buy a motherboard with a dead socket.

Nothing wrong with buying for a "dead socket" if you know that fact, and don't care. I bought my 1156 board and chip like a month ago, and don't care.
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