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Which one is better for gaming - i3 550 OC or i3 2100 ?

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May 8, 2011 6:15:29 AM

Ok, finally need to upgrade my CPU. This means buying a new CPU, new mobo and new ram. Budget will be very limited, so mobo will be a low end H55 , proly Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V (if I go for the 550). As GPU I'll use the one I already have, ATI Radeon 4850, 1gb ddr3, 256 bit. So here comes the question. Which CPU would deliver better gaming performance on a low end mobo ? I3 550 with stock cooling, overclocked as much as stock cooling will allow, or the newer i3 2100 that doesn't allow OC ?

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May 8, 2011 6:23:14 AM

ghnader hsmithot said:
i3 2100 FTW!!!
By the way you havent told us your specs of your older pc?

specs of older PC are terribad , P4 @ 3GHz , 2 GB DDR2 @ 667MHz , ATI 4850 1GB DDR3 256bit, decent Seasonic 600W PSU .. that's about it.

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May 8, 2011 6:25:28 AM

you also have to buy newer ddr3 ram..
May 8, 2011 6:28:11 AM

Yup, mentioned that in initial post. Would 8 GB (2 x 4 gb) in dual channel be overkill due to some bottleneck ?
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May 8, 2011 6:29:25 AM

save money for other things.4gb ram is good for gaming!!
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May 8, 2011 12:40:07 PM

+1 you don't need more than 4Gb for gaming especially if your on a budget. The 550 could overclock to be as good as a 2100 if you got a good cooler but even then only as good ish.