I'm getting a new build and I'm kinda stuck with the processor choice. I am going to micro center tomorrow so I am available to really great deals. My choice is the i5 3570k and the i3 2100. I understand the i3 2100 is probably ample power and will fulfill my needs but microcenter is presenting a very good deal. And sometimes I like to overkill because it might allow a couple more years for usage on my pc.
I can get a i5 3570k + Asrock pro4-m motherboard for a total of $270 including tax. The current deal is buy i5 3570k and get $50 off a z77 motherboard.
That's $190 for the i5 and $60 for the motherboard before tax.
I can get an i3 2100 for $90 and an average motherboard for $90. That will be about $200 including tax.
The question is, is $70 worth the performance increase? I can afford both but money is hard to come by now days so saving anywhere I can is nice.
With this computer, I plan to run a 6850/6870 and play diablo 3, SC2, and BF3, run FRAPS, and just every day stuff.
Oh yeah, i forgot to mention, I wouldn't overclock the i5 3570k until it's needed in the future. It'd be overkill and my computer would still be blazing fast at stock speed right?
The deal is very hard to resist but i'm trying to make the smart choice!
Yes your computer will still be blazing fast with an i5 3570k at stock
I think for the money, some of the other people here would agree with me in saying that the i5+z77 deal is a much better value than the i3. You have the potential to overclock, good motherboard with good features, and heck, it just all out beats the i3!