Intel gaming build [i3 2100, HD 5850] - Vs my AMD one[Athlon II 640, .

So, after some thinking, I've settled my choices, the only real difference between them is the CPU, and ofc, if I get the i3, I can buy the HD 5850 as I have a lot more watts to spare, and the HD 5850 is better than the HD 6850, and from benchmarks I've seen, the i3 2100 performs the same as or better than the Athlon 640 with less than 30W of the Athlon's power usage.

Btw, I can't change these parts, they come prebuilt, so please don't suggest it.

On to the Build :

Intel i3 :
CPU : Intel Core i3 2100

OS : Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Motherboard : Asus P8H61-M LX2 (Rev. 3)

RAM : 4GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x 2GB

HDD: 500GB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

Optical Drive : 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA

GPU : Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme Edition

PSU : 500W Xigmatek PSU (NPR-VC503)

Case : Xigmatek Asgard

Onboard 7.1 Audio

What do you guys think?
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  1. thats a decent i3 build. If you can afford it, I'd suggest jumping up to a i5-2400 if you can, but as is, its a great build.
  2. ^ agreed
  3. The Intel® Core™ I3 2100 really is a nice processor for the price. Overall I would say that the Intel® Core™ I3 2100 build should get you started into the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family and will make it very easy for you to upgrade in the future if you so choice.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  4. Yeah, that's what I was hoping to do, upgrade to the i5 2300/2400/2500K later on.

    Also, I can't afford the 2400 as is, but will upgrade later.
  5. Looking at more Benchmarks, the i3 2100 performs the same as/better than the PII 970, I think I might grab a i3 2120, as it is an upgrade choice, but thats the most. Btw, what about games that like Quad cores, BFBC2 for example, would I be able to run this as good with HT on this Dual Core.
  6. The i5-2400 should cost about $90 more...; it's worth it, IMO
  7. Its £40 more, and that would make me over £500, my original budget was £450, Im already over it. That Build is £460
  8. should work OK, not as well as a true quad, but it'll work.

    Save up your pence and buy a 2400 or 2500 in a few months as a swap. or even wait a year and jump to Ivy Bridge.
  9. Erm, I'm not sure my current PC will last that long, I'm gonna buy the i5 2500 later on as an upgrade, and buy the i3 2120 when I get the new PC.
  10. Yummerzzz: I was suggesting you go ahead and build this, then in a few months, upgrade it with a 2400/2500, or wait until Ivy Bridge is out and replace with that
  11. Thanks, I think I'm going to get the HD 6850 as my current 500W only has 31 watts on the 12V rail (116 on Rail one, 15 on two).
  12. Yeah I have a similar build but I'm still deciding on the i3 2100 or i5 2400. paired with Asus P8H61 pro, VTX3D 6850, Corsair cx430. So far I'm leaning on the i3's side.
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