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Intel Core i3 2100 vs. Intel Core i3 2130

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May 3, 2012 8:54:24 AM

This is my first post!
Guys which one is the best for GAMING from these two processors
Intel Core i3 2100
Intel Core i3 2130
also suggest a good motherboard
my budget is around $300

thanks alot guys
May 3, 2012 10:07:41 AM

thanks alot looniam! but H77 isn't OC capable right? thats gonna be a problem with my future upgrades
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May 3, 2012 4:59:58 PM

if you think you are going to over clock:
ASUS P8Z77-V LX $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the difference with the H77 to Z77 is the Z77 supports overclocking the "K" series CPUs with unlocked multipliers. if you plan on getting a "K" series than get a Z77. if not, what i like about the H77 is it has better audio outputs.
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May 3, 2012 5:22:13 PM

Yes the H77 series chipset is really designed to be more of a media chipset. So while you maybe able to find a higher end Z77 chipset with the same audio outputs it is going to be on a higher end board. For the unlocked processors like the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K you are going to focus on Z77 chipset since it will allow you to change the multiplier in the bios that is the key to overclocking these processors.


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May 3, 2012 5:29:44 PM

for $300 get i3 2120 and H77 motherboard, if you're thinking of upgrading in the near future to a 'k' chip go Z77.
If you do other things besides gaming at least think about the FX4100 or FX6100 from AMD as prices have dropped recently but if you mostly game then definitely the i3
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May 3, 2012 6:17:11 PM

Best answer selected by aveendra.
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July 10, 2012 10:15:17 AM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Yes the H77 series chipset is really designed to be more of a media chipset. So while you maybe able to find a higher end Z77 chipset with the same audio outputs it is going to be on a higher end board. For the unlocked processors like the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K you are going to focus on Z77 chipset since it will allow you to change the multiplier in the bios that is the key to overclocking these processors.


Christian Wood
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Can you please suggest me a good combination for gaming.. i am planning to buy i3 2130(3.4GHz).. is this a good one? now which is the best motherboard for this? my budget is $140
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