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$687 intel i3 2120 or $696 amd 965BE

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November 23, 2011 7:51:53 PM

$695 intel i3 2120 or $696 amd 965BE and both will have about the same components (price update)

from what I've gathered an overclocked 965BE will out perform an i3 2120 but will i be able to use the stock heatsink. i plan on upgrading in the future and using the leftovers for a htpc. i guess im asking which would be better right off the bat and i know that i wont be able to max out all games but the price is about right.


intel
BIOSTAR H61MU3
SYBA SY-ADA40011 mbSATA to IDE Adapter(so i can use my 500g pata hd)
amd
ASUS M4A88T-M LE

BOTH
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB
XIGMATEK NRP-PC702 700W
Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB)
OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SATA III (SSD)
LG DVD Burner
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
VIZO FZ-12025 120mm Case Fan
dell 170l case

and future gaming upgrades $591
Fractal Design Core 3000
MSI Z68A-G45 (B3)
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB (crossfire)
i5 2500k

and future htpc upgrades $368
leftovers from dell 170l
WD Caviar Green 3TB SATAIII
MSI TV Tuner
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA
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November 23, 2011 8:32:24 PM

the 2120 is $129 on Newegg. Microcenter will have the i5-2500k for $150 tomorrow.
If you have a MC near you this is the route to go imo.
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November 23, 2011 9:01:21 PM

lmao...this is too good. they should just disable human responses to this web board, have a bot just respond to every single post with one word "2500k".
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November 23, 2011 9:58:27 PM

I would not use the stock heatsink for more than a 200Hz or 300Hz overclock.
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November 24, 2011 7:50:46 PM

sadly no microcenter in alaska. maybe amazon or neweggs price will drop. happy gobble day. i got this off of anandtech encoding=about the same, gaming=intel, power usage=intel.

i hope thats still true when i hook it up to my 40" 1920x1080p hdtv.
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November 24, 2011 8:01:11 PM

Frizzo said:
lmao...this is too good. they should just disable human responses to this web board, have a bot just respond to every single post with one word "2500k".


didnt you know the i5k is going to solve world hunger? i know the the i5k is the sh@t, everyone knows that. i agree every question shouldn't be answered get the i5k. if it where the same price as the i3 2120 or 965be it would be a no brainier. in fact id get two.
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November 24, 2011 9:55:26 PM

i think i just found the answer. when i turn it into a htpc, the dell case has a 250w psu. intel uses 200w amd 250w. this info i got from psucalc, newegg psu calc said 241w intel and 319w amd. thankyou all for your help.
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November 24, 2011 9:55:59 PM

Best answer selected by JustinAK.
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