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November 28, 2011 12:16:18 AM

hi everybody at the great website that is tomshardware! :D 

okay so im building a budget gaming build around christmas, but i wanted to plan ahead.
so i think that we should start at the beginning, the cpu.
preferably under $130, im open to the idea of overclocking.

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November 28, 2011 12:57:31 AM

which is better for gaming, i3 2100 or the 955?
November 28, 2011 12:59:31 AM

At stock performance levels the i3 is stronger. However the i3 is not overclockable the 955 be will overclock nicely and has the added benefit of 2 extra cores.
November 28, 2011 1:04:56 AM

zooted said:
At stock performance levels the i3 is stronger. However the i3 is not overclockable the 955 be will overclock nicely and has the added benefit of 2 extra cores.

does the extra 2 cores even matter with the i3 having hyper-threading?
whats the fps diffrence on quad vs dual?
November 28, 2011 1:29:28 AM

I would take the 2 extra cores over hyper threading for multitasking reasons. When you overclock the 955 you will have higher performance than the i3.
November 28, 2011 1:56:57 AM

zooted said:
I would take the 2 extra cores over hyper threading for multitasking reasons. When you overclock the 955 you will have higher performance than the i3.

so the 955 is the best choice?
a b 4 Gaming
November 28, 2011 11:33:11 AM

depends on your future upgrade plans if you have any
November 28, 2011 3:06:44 PM

jessterman21 said:
depends on your future upgrade plans if you have any

well if i went with the i3 i would definetly upgrade to the i5 2500k when ivy bridge comes out because i think there will be a major price drop. but if i went with the 955 i dont really see myself upgrading to bulldozer.
November 28, 2011 3:13:43 PM

on christmas i have a budget of 300
so i was thinking of getting a mobo/cpu/ and a cpu cooler.
a b 4 Gaming
November 29, 2011 1:17:55 PM

Yeah, for your needs, grab a Sandy Bridge i3 (matches any Phenom II in gaming) with the included stock cooler (can't overclock the non-K versions) and a high-end motherboard with future upgrades in mind (SSD, i5/i7 CPU, SLI/Xfire, 16GB RAM, USB 3.0).
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