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E5200 OC Vs. G630 Vs. i3-2100

So I am working on a budget gaming build for my cousin and I was initially planned on using an i3 for him. However I then noticed that the 1155 Pentiums were cheaper and would probably get the job done. BUT, then I realized I have an E5200 that is close to the Gxxx series of Pentiums.

After some research, I found that it supposedly overclocks like a beast. Also if he wanted to upgrade later, it seems there are plenty of great options.

Some info:

-We got a GTX 460 Superclocked (For $90!)
-It would use an ASRock G41M-S3 LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Mobo
-It would have 2x2 GB of 1333 RAM

Questions:

So is this a good idea?
How easy is it to OC an E5200 to 3.2+ GHz, and would it perform at least near to an i3? If not, how much less?
Anything else I should know or suggestions?
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  1. You should never bet on overclocking when building a computer. The best solution is the i3 hands down.
  2. The G series Pentiums outperform the E5200 by alot.
  3. Pinhedd said:
    You should never bet on overclocking when building a computer. The best solution is the i3 hands down.


    But it costs ~$120. How much worse would an E5200 at 3.2+ GHz be? Are there not good core 2 duo's he could upgrade to later?
  4. CaptainTom said:
    But it costs ~$120. How much worse would an E5200 at 3.2+ GHz be? Are there not good core 2 duo's he could upgrade to later?


    It could very well be a $120 disappointment or worse, a $120 paperweight
  5. ct1615 said:
    i would not build a PC based on a dead socket (775) expecting future upgrades. if you are lucky enough to find a used CPU to upgrade to, it would cost a pretty penny compared to modern CPU performance. I would definitely go with a socket 1155 build if that the case.


    Well the reason I say that is I found 3.0 GHz quad core P4 with 8MB cache on ebay for around $250. I feel like that is reasonable. Also would a Core 2 Duo work in the 775 socket type?

    And really is an i3 worth $80+ more than a 3.5 GHz E5200?

    Thank You all btw...
  6. Best answer
    CaptainTom said:

    And really is an i3 worth $80+ more than a 3.5 GHz E5200?


    YES!
  7. Pinhedd said:
    It could very well be a $120 disappointment or worse, a $120 paperweight

    Paperweights?

    I use an Opteron 2356 and a Pentium 4 SL7PX for that!
  8. i somehow feel that you are misunderstanding that a 3.0 ghz on one processor does not equal 3.0 ghz of another processor.

    clock for clock that e5200 does not match the sandy bridge architecture.

    not by a long shot
  9. amuffin said:
    Paperweights?

    I use an Opteron 2356 and a Pentium 4 SL7PX for that!
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7350/img32161.jpg


    I use end-of-life HP rackmount servers :) That paper isn't going anywhere! Oh how I wish HP made their laptops like they make their enterprise goods.
  10. CaptainTom said:
    Well the reason I say that is I found 3.0 GHz quad core P4 with 8MB cache on ebay for around $250.

    Thank You all btw...


    P4... as in Pentium 4 or AMD Phenom X4? Because there is no such thing as a quad-core Pentium 4.

    Yes, Core 2 Duo will work in LGA 775 socket, but only with compatible motherboards. Same socket doesn't mean same support.

    i3 will be better than the E5200. :)
  11. dane332 said:
    i somehow feel that you are misunderstanding that a 3.0 ghz on one processor does not equal 3.0 ghz of another processor.

    clock for clock that e5200 does not match the sandy bridge architecture.

    not by a long shot


    I understand that. Not only does the i3 have much more cache, it is just flat out faster. However if I get the E5200 to 3.5-4.0 GHz, would it beat or nearly match the G860?
  12. Pinhedd said:
    I use end-of-life HP rackmount servers :) That paper isn't going anywhere! Oh how I wish HP made their laptops like they make their enterprise goods.

    Dat X86..
  13. CaptainTom said:
    I understand that. Not only does the i3 have much more cache, it is just flat out faster. However if I get the E5200 to 3.5-4.0 GHz, would it beat or nearly match the G860?

    there is no guarantee you can get that E5200 up that high and having a G41 chipset, no it won't. chipsets face limitations when increasing the front side bus.
  14. Quote:
    can't happen..

    p45 chipset!
  15. had a E5300 up to 3.8 without breaking a sweat with a heatsink from a Q6600 . . . 1.25 volts (or there abouts) 35c idle 72c load. i still have that chip in a drawer.
  16. I have a brand new E4300 in the garage :D

    Next year I'm going to upgrade my dad's pc from his Q9650 to a Haswell chip :P

    E8400 user here too!
  17. ^ you go through CPUs like an "escort" goes through "clients"
    5lu7!
    :lol:
  18. Best answer selected by CaptainTom.
  19. Ok we are going with an i3-2120! Thank you all!
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