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IS the core i3 2100 good enough for my gaming needs?

Well, in about a month I'm finally going to order parts for a new PC as my laptop had an unfortunate accident.

I'm on a pretty strict budget and after much consideration and debate in the systems forums I was deterred away from buying an AMD Phenom II x4 build and then suggested a sandy bridge build instead.

So, after much deliberation and debate I think I've settled on going the sandybridge route. That said, as much as I want the 2500k(or even the core i5 2400) I can't spare the budget for it plus a board that will let me overclock it.

My question is do you guys think the core i3 will be good enough for my gaming needs? As it stands I plan to use a GTX 560 ti as my graphics card which I believe is good enough for me.

As for the games I want to play I plan to play Crysis 1/2/Warhead, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War 40k 1 and 2, Stalker, Source games/mods, Skyrim, and BF3.
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  1. exactly same question here i was going to start new thread before i found this

    i am also going to get GTX 560 Ti .
    will core i3 2100 bottleneck the GTX 560 ti?
  2. nieur said:
    exactly same question here i was going to start new thread before i found this

    i am also going to get GTX 560 Ti .
    will core i3 2100 bottleneck the GTX 560 ti?


    I personally don't think it would, I was mostly thinking about in game performance with current games and future titles.

    I'm probably worrying for nothing, most of the benchmarks I've seen make the core i3 2100 look pretty powerful, but not as powerful as the i5 2400 and 2500k.

    it seems that the i5s are a bit faster but I don't think its enough to warrant the budget stretch IMO.
  3. unless you need more cores for multithreaded apps like encoders, renderers, Virtual machines, 3D modeling than an I3 2100 is great
    gaming wise it is one of the best values for performance vs price
  4. check out this article on Toms
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,2951-3.html

    I3 2100 will beat alot of quad cores out there
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  6. Best answer selected by royaleduke.
  7. Thanks very much to all those that replied!

    And thanks for the articles, I've been out of sync lately with some of my hardware knowledge those straightened me out a bit. Not to mention they were an excellent read!

    Core i3 it is then.
  8. Thank you for selecting me as Best Answer
    Please dont be a stranger
    Let us know how the build is going

    Actually what are you thinking for your system
    Video Card,Power supply etc?

    I want to do a I3 SB build early next year
    so I am curious

    If this thread gets closed
    Click on my avatar and PM me
  9. king smp said:
    Thank you for selecting me as Best Answer
    Please dont be a stranger
    Let us know how the build is going

    Actually what are you thinking for your system
    Video Card,Power supply etc?

    I want to do a I3 SB build early next year
    so I am curious

    If this thread gets closed
    Click on my avatar and PM me


    Ah yes, here is my build list(though I have a couple different variations):

    MSI Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 ti twinfrozr II edition
    Intel Core i3 2100 CPU
    MSI PH67S-C43 (B3)
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Midtower Case
    OCZ ModXstream Pro 600w modular PSU
    G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB 1333 DDR3 Ram kit(F3-10666CL8D-4GBXM)
    Western Digital Blue 500GB 7200RPM WD5000AAKS harddrive
    Asus 24x DVD Burner/reader
    Windows 7 64bit

    Grand Total(including shipping): $808.21

    All off of Newegg.com.

    And I won't be a stranger, I'll be posting pics and unboxing vids of my parts when I order them next month. :)
  10. Nice!
    I hae Gskill ram and Asus sound card
    and also Western Digital VelicoRaptor HLFS boot drive

    I see we like the same companies

    If my system could handle a second drive
    I would go with the Blue myself
    The difference between Blue and Black only matters in
    benchmarks not real world

    Velociraptors have dropped in price and make nice boot drives
    incredible access times and seek/reads for a mechanical drive
    do lose out in GBs for the money compared to 7200 rpm drives though
    but $/GB is cheaper than SSDs
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