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Core i3 2100 3.1 Ghz vs Core i5 2310 2.9 Ghz (3.2 Turbo)

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April 27, 2012 1:25:31 AM

i was looking into the intel core i3 2100 when a friend told me that i should go with the i5 line. the cheapest i5 i could find (i5 2310) runs for around $180 as opposed to the i3 i found which i found for $110. Both have comparable processing speeds - is the $70 difference worth it... esp if i'm a non-gamer? my predominant computing needs are for running multimedia (streaming shows/movies, running music programs, etc..), photo editing, microsoft office suite, and the internet.

this is my first pc build so any insight is much appreciated!

thanks :) 

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April 27, 2012 1:51:10 AM

pcn00bie said:
i was looking into the intel core i3 2100 when a friend told me that i should go with the i5 line. the cheapest i5 i could find (i5 2310) runs for around $180 as opposed to the i3 i found which i found for $110. Both have comparable processing speeds - is the $70 difference worth it... esp if i'm a non-gamer? my predominant computing needs are for running multimedia (streaming shows/movies, running music programs, etc..), photo editing, microsoft office suite, and the internet.

this is my first pc build so any insight is much appreciated!

thanks :) 


If you are going to do things like heavy Photoshop then a get an i5 it will help a lot. If by photo editing you mean removing red eyes from pictures then get an i3.
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April 27, 2012 2:06:37 AM

Yeah, if you use PhotoShop a lot or have any interest in encoding video, then you should opt for the i5 CPU. Otherwise any of the Core i3 CPUs should be fine.
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April 27, 2012 2:08:01 AM

I think the I3 would be fine for what you want to do. Yes it's only a dual core but with hyperthreading is works like a quad core CPU so it should be able to handle most of what you want to do.
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April 27, 2012 4:33:51 AM

This should give you an idea of the strengths of a quad vs dual. Yeah it's an i3 2100 vs an i5 2400 but there was no 2310 on the chart. This is actually a better comparison since the 2 chips have an identical clockspeed.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=363
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