Hello, i m building a new gaming PC. I m wondering what is a better buy from these two options:
i3 550 + CM Hyper 212 EVO
I3 2120 with Stock Cooler
Both options are about the same price. I m currently leaning toward the first option due the ability to overclock. If i3 550 is overclocked to 3.7 GHz+ it should outperform the i3 2120.
My other specs will probably be:
H55/H61 MSI Mobo
6770/GTX 550 Ti (both the same price and similar in performance, still undecided)
2X2 GB Patriot RAM
Cooler Master GX 450W 80plus PSU. I know, it is not the best brand but the only brands available in my country are Thermaltake, Chieftec, Cooler Master and LC Power, no Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX, OCZ or other high quality brands.
You're not really going to be able to overclock the I3, not like an Intel CPU with an unlocked multiplier like a 2500k or 2600k. With that I would go with the I3 2120 with the stock cooler unless heat turns out to be a problem. But from fooling around with I3's they pretty cool.