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i3-2100 good for gaming?

I just ordered a new i3-2100 for my xbox case mod gaming pc. I'm using a geforce 8600gt but was just curious on gaming potential. Thanks!
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  1. 8600gt is bad for gaming, 2100 is somewhat ok. depends on what you will play and how high your standard is
  2. yeah it got much potential although on the downside that 8600GT will be a bottleneck if your playing newest games
  3. Intel Core i3-2100 is a decent entry level gaming CPU. The Nvidia 8600 GT is very low end at this point. If memory serves, that was a high end GPU about 5 years ago, but that's a long time for a GPU.

    It will all depend on what games you're looking to play and what graphic settings you want to play them at. If you had to choose which of the two parts to upgrade first I would probably start with the GPU. With a more modern GPU you should be able to play most games at medium settings, even with that CPU.

    I hope that helps, and good luck!
  4. Yes.
  5. i3-2100 is a very good gaming cpu. But that video card, no. What is your resolution?

    If your at 1680x1050 or below, the 2100 and a 6870 or better would max out just about any game with the exception of a few heavy hitter MMO's.
  6. Sorry I posted my old gpu for some reason. Using a Zotac ZT-60605-10L GeForce GT 610 PCIe card for my new mini-itx. I am using this x1 card due to the pcie x1 port.
  7. That's a VERY low end card. A 2100 can pair with a MUCH faster card than that. You still failed to answer my question though, so.....
  8. Get yourself a mini ITX board with a proper x16 graphics slot and get a proper gaming card. Even a 7750 would be far better than a 610. Hell the 8600gt is probably a better card than that 610. A 610 is not a gaming card. It is an HTPC card.
  9. I have a 2100 on a Z77 board with a 7850 2gb and 8gb of 1600 running at 1333 (because of the i3). It does a adequate job. I plan on giving the i3 to my daughter when I get my i5 in a few months.
  10. KnowItAll said:
    That's a VERY low end card. A 2100 can pair with a MUCH faster card than that. You still failed to answer my question though, so.....


    I haven't put anything together yet, this is all on the drawing board. Only looking for low to mid settings on games like Fallout, MW3, etc.
  11. The board with the x1 slot is all I could afford. So I guess the new question is what x1 graphics card will be at least slightly effective as a gaming gpu?
  12. I'm not entirely positive what you mean by a x1 slot board. I assume you mean the board only have one PCIe x16 slot on it.

    I would recommend an Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost, since it sounds like you're on a tight budget.
  13. Kindredsouls said:
    I'm not entirely positive what you mean by a x1 slot board. I assume you mean the board only have one PCIe x16 slot on it.

    I would recommend an Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost, since it sounds like you're on a tight budget.


    It only has 1 PCIe x1 slot.
  14. braber95 said:
    Kindredsouls said:
    I'm not entirely positive what you mean by a x1 slot board. I assume you mean the board only have one PCIe x16 slot on it.

    I would recommend an Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost, since it sounds like you're on a tight budget.


    It only has 1 PCIe x1 slot.


    What is the precise model of the motherboard you have?
  15. I can easily take back the graphics card for a refund. What about this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129152 it's a little spendy but I can save up.
  16. Kindredsouls said:
    braber95 said:
    Kindredsouls said:
    I'm not entirely positive what you mean by a x1 slot board. I assume you mean the board only have one PCIe x16 slot on it.

    I would recommend an Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost, since it sounds like you're on a tight budget.


    It only has 1 PCIe x1 slot.


    What is the precise model of the motherboard you have?


    H61H2-I3
  17. In my opinion... any PCIe x1 discrete graphics card is purely made for one purpose; to get you video. Usually for low profile computers, like a media center computer attached to a TV. The card you have linked would probably run games from 2008~ and back decently, but anything modern I wouldn't count on it. Really, you need a motherboard that has 1 or more PCIe x16 slots on it. If you search around you can find some fairly nice boards at relatively low prices. I just picked up this board for my wife for $60 on newegg two weeks ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302&Tpk=ASRock%20H77%20Pro4%2fMVP%20LGA%201155&IsVirtualParent=1
  18. I can give you some more advice if I knew what exactly it is you want to do, what it is you have, and how much money you have to invest. Without specifics I can only generalize.
  19. logainofhades said:
    Get yourself a mini ITX board with a proper x16 graphics slot and get a proper gaming card. Even a 7750 would be far better than a 610. Hell the 8600gt is probably a better card than that 610. A 610 is not a gaming card. It is an HTPC card.


    But the 610 has a higher core clock, memory size, and 48 CUDA cores rather than the 8600's 32. How is it better?
  20. Kindredsouls said:
    I can give you some more advice if I knew what exactly it is you want to do, what it is you have, and how much money you have to invest. Without specifics I can only generalize.


    Well I'm cramming everything into an old xbox case, so I went with a mini itx for space saving. I guess I'm not looking to play recently released games as I have another computer I'm planning on upgrading later. I really only want a system to run games at low-mid settings. Sending the mobo I have right now back would be a huge pain, but I suppose it's do-oable. The only criteria is that the mobo is mini-itx, lga 1155, and under $100.
  21. Thanks everyone so far for the help, I'm kinda new at building. I've only ever repaired and replaced parts.
  22. Just found a listing on ebay for a mobo with a pcie x16 slot
  23. Best answer
    braber95 said:
    logainofhades said:
    Get yourself a mini ITX board with a proper x16 graphics slot and get a proper gaming card. Even a 7750 would be far better than a 610. Hell the 8600gt is probably a better card than that 610. A 610 is not a gaming card. It is an HTPC card.


    But the 610 has a higher core clock, memory size, and 48 CUDA cores rather than the 8600's 32. How is it better?


    braber95 said:
    Kindredsouls said:
    I can give you some more advice if I knew what exactly it is you want to do, what it is you have, and how much money you have to invest. Without specifics I can only generalize.


    Well I'm cramming everything into an old xbox case, so I went with a mini itx for space saving. I guess I'm not looking to play recently released games as I have another computer I'm planning on upgrading later. I really only want a system to run games at low-mid settings. Sending the mobo I have right now back would be a huge pain, but I suppose it's do-oable. The only criteria is that the mobo is mini-itx, lga 1155, and under $100.


    Ah ok, well that helps to know what your goal is! :-)

    Yeah, if you're ok with running olderish games then that is probably doable with the card you sent me. I'm not convinced though that the HD 4350 is actually any better then the 8600 you have right now. Especially if you weren't planning on spending any more money. I would probably stick with the 8600.

    Knowing this is more of a secondary computer helps too. I'd just hate to see you get your hopes up that you can run BF3, Farcry 3, or something along those lines but you wouldn't be able too. Even on low settings. Most Indie games, Company of Heroes 1, possibly Starcraft 2 on low settings, should all be doable.
  24. Kindredsouls said:
    braber95 said:
    logainofhades said:
    Get yourself a mini ITX board with a proper x16 graphics slot and get a proper gaming card. Even a 7750 would be far better than a 610. Hell the 8600gt is probably a better card than that 610. A 610 is not a gaming card. It is an HTPC card.


    But the 610 has a higher core clock, memory size, and 48 CUDA cores rather than the 8600's 32. How is it better?


    braber95 said:
    Kindredsouls said:
    I can give you some more advice if I knew what exactly it is you want to do, what it is you have, and how much money you have to invest. Without specifics I can only generalize.


    Well I'm cramming everything into an old xbox case, so I went with a mini itx for space saving. I guess I'm not looking to play recently released games as I have another computer I'm planning on upgrading later. I really only want a system to run games at low-mid settings. Sending the mobo I have right now back would be a huge pain, but I suppose it's do-oable. The only criteria is that the mobo is mini-itx, lga 1155, and under $100.


    Ah ok, well that helps to know what your goal is! :-)

    Yeah, if you're ok with running olderish games then that is probably doable with the card you sent me. I'm not convinced though that the HD 4350 is actually any better then the 8600 you have right now. Especially if you weren't planning on spending any more money. I would probably stick with the 8600.

    Knowing this is more of a secondary computer helps too. I'd just hate to see you get your hopes up that you can run BF3, Farcry 3, or something along those lines but you wouldn't be able too. Even on low settings. Most Indie games, Company of Heroes 1, possibly Starcraft 2 on low settings, should all be doable.


    Thanks for all the help, and I will be sure to be more specific in the future! ;) I think I'll check out some boards with x16 slots, and then just save up for a higher-performing gpu.
  25. These two have an x16 slot and are only a bit more than that original board you were looking at.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600009028&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=280%7C13-186-216%5E13-186-216-TS%2C13-157-367%5E13-157-367-TS&percm=13-186-216%3A%24%24%24%2420%24%24%24%3B13-157-367%3A%24%24%24%2420%24%24%24

    Here is a GPU only a bit more expensive than the 4350 you linked and much faster. It will play most games with low to mid settings and will pair nicely with an i3. I am assuming you are wanting low profile based on what you linked.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103231
  26. logainofhades said:
    These two have an x16 slot and are only a bit more than that original board you were looking at.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600009028&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=280%7C13-186-216%5E13-186-216-TS%2C13-157-367%5E13-157-367-TS&percm=13-186-216%3A%24%24%24%2420%24%24%24%3B13-157-367%3A%24%24%24%2420%24%24%24

    Here is a GPU only a bit more expensive than the 4350 you linked and much faster. It will play most games with low to mid settings and will pair nicely with an i3. I am assuming you are wanting low profile based on what you linked.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103231


    Thank you for finding these! I'l have to check my bank account haha I might end up just getting the zotac for low end gaming purposes though.
  27. If you are going to do low end IGP type gaming, go with an AMD 5800k. Much better for 99% of games out there than an Intel IGP rig.
  28. Honestly I don't get it, all H61's I've seen have x16 slots, I don't really see how they saved money by screwing you over with a 1x slot. Here's a suggestion, never buy anything from ECS. It stands for extremely crappy stuff.
    You still haven't told us what resolution your gaming at, so really can't make any other suggestions other than if you want to game at all, you need a discrete graphics card, unless your running 1024x768.
  29. KnowItAll said:
    Honestly I don't get it, all H61's I've seen have x16 slots, I don't really see how they saved money by screwing you over with a 1x slot. Here's a suggestion, never buy anything from ECS. It stands for extremely crappy stuff.
    You still haven't told us what resolution your gaming at, so really can't make any other suggestions other than if you want to game at all, you need a discrete graphics card, unless your running 1024x768.


    I apologize for finding good deals money-wise? Haha And how would I know my resolution if I haven't put anything together at all yet?
  30. hafijur said:
    braber95 said:
    Sorry I posted my old gpu for some reason. Using a Zotac ZT-60605-10L GeForce GT 610 PCIe card for my new mini-itx. I am using this x1 card due to the pcie x1 port.


    Is that even any better then the i3 2100 integrated hd 3000. I don't think it is. Seems like a really low end card hence why it works on pciex1 slot. I think it must be slower then the i3 2100 integrated graphics card.


    I actually just checked the processor...and of course its core clock is much higher! haha Definitely not getting the zotac. Probably looking at a different mobo with a pcie x16 slot now too.
  31. braber95 said:
    KnowItAll said:
    Honestly I don't get it, all H61's I've seen have x16 slots, I don't really see how they saved money by screwing you over with a 1x slot. Here's a suggestion, never buy anything from ECS. It stands for extremely crappy stuff.
    You still haven't told us what resolution your gaming at, so really can't make any other suggestions other than if you want to game at all, you need a discrete graphics card, unless your running 1024x768.


    I apologize for finding good deals money-wise? Haha And how would I know my resolution if I haven't put anything together at all yet?


    What monitor are you going to use and what is its resolution of said monitor? That is how you determine at least what max resolution you can run.
  32. logainofhades said:
    braber95 said:
    KnowItAll said:
    Honestly I don't get it, all H61's I've seen have x16 slots, I don't really see how they saved money by screwing you over with a 1x slot. Here's a suggestion, never buy anything from ECS. It stands for extremely crappy stuff.
    You still haven't told us what resolution your gaming at, so really can't make any other suggestions other than if you want to game at all, you need a discrete graphics card, unless your running 1024x768.


    I apologize for finding good deals money-wise? Haha And how would I know my resolution if I haven't put anything together at all yet?


    What monitor are you going to use and what is its resolution of said monitor? That is how you determine at least what max resolution you can run.


    Max for my monitor is 1440x960
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