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October 11, 2011 12:56:42 PM

Would a Intel Core i3-530 ((Dual Core) 2.93GHz/4M L3 Cache) bottleneck a budget gaming build?

Essentually I wish to pull apart my pc and rebuild a new one using as much components from the old to keep it cheap, so I would like to know about that cpu.

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October 11, 2011 1:07:42 PM

At the second none, I will likely go Radeon 4870/90 though, and the thing about the i3, is I have it already, but if its worth going for the i5 straight up rather then upgrading...
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October 11, 2011 1:14:13 PM

if you have it already, then im not sure i would spend the money on the i5. With the new ivy series short to release, probably next month or for christmas time, i would not spend the money on a processor YET. But, i would recommend buying nVidia, as their mid-ranged cards outperform amd/ati's high-end cards more so than not. a good card, like a 460/560, will cost between $125-$175 after MIR. This will allow you to go with a higher end cpu when the newer IVY series releases from intel. This will be a much smarter upgrade in my mind, since you already own the i3.
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October 11, 2011 1:15:59 PM

Thanks, and I'll look into the nVidia cards, always been an ATI guy :p 
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October 11, 2011 1:24:22 PM

no prob. if you give me a budget on total upgrade money, i may be able to find some "Best Bang for your Buck" items for you. Also, a description of what you are running such as your motherboard, psu, hdd/ssd, amount of RAM, and case would help immensely!
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October 11, 2011 1:26:00 PM

Well, if you feel like it, psu, case and motherboard all need to be bought, I have my hard drive, I have 4gb of RAM that I know nothing about.
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October 11, 2011 1:26:24 PM

And around $400 au would be my max budget :) 
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October 11, 2011 1:32:19 PM

oh dear...lol, well thats a bit. hmmmm, are you an intel only guy? usually low budget pc's are built with amd cpu's and amd/ait gpus. I know i recommend nvidia but they are worth the extra money. amd to intel, unless you have a huge amount of money, amd i think is a better buy. What do you own now as far as case and psu?
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October 11, 2011 1:34:34 PM

Case and psu is terrible, like really, they need to go, I think the psu is 300w. and I'm tired, by $400 I meant $600
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October 11, 2011 1:34:59 PM

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October 11, 2011 2:10:29 PM
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October 11, 2011 2:56:03 PM

If your going to go with a i3, go with the newer s1155 i3 so you have some upgrade ability, not the old s1156.
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October 11, 2011 3:07:50 PM

alright...what is with all the "18"s at the end of every quote?
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October 11, 2011 11:02:02 PM

geekapproved said:
If your going to go with a i3, go with the newer s1155 i3 so you have some upgrade ability, not the old s1156.


I have the old i3 anyways, its in my current pc, I'm low on cash and wish to upgrade the computer with further upgrading not far away.

And the 18's are weird.
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October 11, 2011 11:19:14 PM

Also, if you feel like it, finding me a gpu, motherboard, case (blue leds? :D ) and psu for an intel build, where the cpu will be upgraded soon :) 
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