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Just thought it would be good to point out that now that there are i3 sandy bridge CPU's, it is now possible to build a great sandy bridge PC for about $400.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135287

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095

The specs for this $400 computer are:
3.1ghz i3 Sandy Bridge CPU with integrated graphics
ECH H61 motherboard with HDMI
4GBs DDR3 1333mhz Gskill
430watt Antec 80+ PSU

So like I said, just pointing this out. The new i3s are pretty fast, faster than first-gen i5 CPUs in most cases.
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Originally Posted by Kirby1;13206735 
Just thought it would be good to point out that now that there are i3 sandy bridge CPU's, it is now possible to build a great sandy bridge PC for about $400.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135287

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135201

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095

The specs for this $400 computer are:
3.1ghz i3 Sandy Bridge CPU with integrated graphics
ECH H61 motherboard with HDMI
4GBs DDR3 1333mhz Gskill
430watt Antec 80+ PSU

So like I said, just pointing this out. The new i3s are pretty fast, faster than first-gen i5 CPUs.

Starcraft 2 is heavily dependent on the cpu and only dual core optimized. I'm sure it's a fast processor, but that one game benchmark doesn't really show the whole picture.
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Originally Posted by cory1234;13207266 
Starcraft 2 is heavily dependent on the cpu and only dual core optimized. I'm sure it's a fast processor, but that one game benchmark doesn't really show the whole picture.

Peep this then
    
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And, just a small thing i noticed. you have an IDE Disc Drive but no IDE plug in on the Mobo. Switch to SATA wouldnt really affect price though.
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those benchmarks didn't use the integrated graphics right? thinking.gif

still, $400 sandy bridge pc is win... tongue.gif
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And, just a small thing i noticed. you have an IDE Disc Drive but no IDE plug in on the Mobo. Switch to SATA wouldnt really affect price though.

Whoops. They are about the same price though so doesn't really matter.
    
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those benchmarks didn't use the integrated graphics right? thinking.gif

still, $400 sandy bridge pc is win... tongue.gif

No they definitely did not.
    
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It isnt the best possible build ever, though its a great benchmark for what can be done with a new intel system on a fairly tight budget. Thanks for the info! reptacular
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