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July 26, 2012 5:21:10 PM

I'm looking to build my first gaming build, but i'm on a fairly strict budget of 700 dollars and I still need an OS. That leaves me with 600 for actual parts.
Now for the big decision. I've already decided to go with the phenom 965 over the i3 2120. My problem is that there is a sale on the 965 that ends in 4 days. I really want to go for it, but then I realized that the ivybridge i3s are due to come out sometime in a month or two.
What should I do? Should I just get the phenom now at its sale price (If i remember correctly its 90 bucks) or give up on getting it on sale and wait for the new i3s? What are the expectations for the i3s like? Are they expected to be better than intels sandybridge cpus, but for the same price?

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July 26, 2012 5:36:13 PM

the cheapest i3 processor is $120 and intel does not drop prices so what are you expecting in the $90 range?
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July 26, 2012 5:48:50 PM

ct1615 said:
the cheapest i3 processor is $120 and intel does not drop prices so what are you expecting in the $90 range?


If the intel processor is good enough to be worth another 30 dollars, I am willing to pay it.
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July 27, 2012 1:05:58 AM

ct1615 said:
intel does not drop prices...

No, but Newegg does. I bought my budget build SB i3-2100's and my i3-2120 when they were discounted.

@OP
Don't expect the IB i3s to be discounted for awhile though. Go for the SB or IB i3's.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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