Im planning on buyin a i3 2120... Mostly for wow diablo3 quakelive quake3 tf2... And tye usual youtube skype etc. My old e7200 just died and i was about to buy the amd fx 8150 but i read that it wouldnt do ot for me. That i5 2500k is better and i read somewhere else i3 2120 can go toe to toe and even better for fps on games... I
ma run it with my ild 9600gt... My questions are... I3 or i5? Is it gonna handle my needs? What board is good/cheap enough for me? Considering future games and add up sc2. Ty
Depends on your budget. Yes, the i5-2500k is the better choice, but it costs more and an appropriate P67, Z68, Z77 chipset motherboard that will allow you to overclock the i5-2500k will cost more than a H67 or H77 motherboard which lacks overclocking abilities. Also, you would need to spend money on a heatsink/fan to cool an overclocked i5-2500k.
On a budget an i3-2120 would be fine. If you want to spend a little more money, but have no desire to overclock, then you can consider the Core i5-2400 currently selling for $180 with a promo code (same price as the i5-2300).
Start with the i3 if your on a budget, i5 2500k is far superior but its not worth getting if your not in overclocking and stuff. AMD FX are not bad but i3 seems like smater choice. Later on if you like you can always upgrade to i5/i7 if needed. But for the games you want to play i3 is enough