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Intel Core i3 Worth Upgrading to?

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August 6, 2012 1:40:05 PM

Hey All,

So after reading lots of Articles on Tomshardware I thought its my time to contribute :D 

Ok I'm exploring the idea of an upgrade, my needs are general web surfing, 3D Rendering, Video Editing/Effects, Photoshop and Lightroom, all of which I do as a hobby. Not so much gaming right now but I do like a round of L4D every now and then ;) 

This is what I currently have:

HP dx2450 (modified ;-) ):
AMD Phenom x3 8600b 2.3 Ghz
m2n68-la Mobo
3GB RAM
Coolermaster RealPower 520W Modular PSU - SLI Ready
Sapphire HD4850 1GB GDDR3 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E Graphics Card
250GB WD2500AAJS 7200rpm 8mb Cache HDD (My OS drive)
320GB WD3200AAJS 7200rpm 8mb Cache HDD (My work drive)
Windows XP 32-bit.

I also have is another machine, a HP dc7600 with a P4 521 2.8Ghz CPU which I'm looking to scrap. The point of my secondary computer is for testing new software and video editing/effects (whilst primary comp is rendering or something), I have them set up using a KVM Switch.

Recently got hold of the following in an office sale (£12...not bad eh?):

HP dx2420 (have modified it by using parts from a dx2400):
Intel Pentium E5200 2.5Ghz
IPIBL-LB Mobo
3GB RAM
HP 330w PSU
Onbroad Graphics
No HD's at present (but I do have some)
Windows XP 32-bit


Now this is what I'm thinking:
1. Keep everything as is, but the E5200 dx2420 becomes a new secondary comp
2. Make the E5200 dx2420 my new primary computer and cannibalise the modified parts from the Phenom dx2450 (if the E5200 CPU is actually better for my needs)

OR

3. With a budget of around £200/250, do a complete hardware upgrade on the E5200 dx2420 and turn it into my new primary machine (taking the PSU, GPU and HD's from the Phenom dx2450):

Processor: Intel Core i3 2120
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2H-USB3 H61 Socket 1155 7.1 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory
Win7 64-bit (I would have to save extra for this)

I'm also going to chuck this out there for discussion:
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz (again would need to save a little extra for this)

Before its suggested, I'm not an Overclocker so will be going with stock speeds and maybe the stock heatsink..if its good enough =P Also I have considered upgrading to the Phenom II x4 965 but if I understand it correctly, whilst being good at video encoding etc compared to the i3, overall its not as good, although the i5 is a different story.

I'm keen to hear your ideas and thanks in advance for your suggestions.

cheers,

Ben
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August 6, 2012 2:19:54 PM

If you're into video editing the Phenom will be superior to the Core i3.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=289
You can see how they perform here.

The Intel Core i5 is in a totaly different league compared to those two.It's a LOT faster.But i, that if you're not going to overclock you should buy a Xeon.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the Xeon version of the Intel Core i7 3770.The only important difference is that this one is clocked 100mhz lower which isnt a big difference at all.

August 6, 2012 4:00:48 PM

Kamen_BG said:
If you're into video editing the Phenom will be superior to the Core i3.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=289
You can see how they perform here.

The Intel Core i5 is in a totaly different league compared to those two.It's a LOT faster.But i, that if you're not going to overclock you should buy a Xeon.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the Xeon version of the Intel Core i7 3770.The only important difference is that this one is clocked 100mhz lower which isnt a big difference at all.



Hi Kamen,

Thanks for the info, those benchmarks were very helpful. So looks like if its Phenom II X4 965 vs Core i3 then the Phenom wins for the kind of stuff I need it for. Adding a little more cash then the Core i5 would be the better choice, the Xeon looks good and will look into that one, cheers! :D 


Can anyone tell me if the Phenom X3 8600b processor is actually any good? I cant seem to find a lot of info on it.
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August 6, 2012 4:34:36 PM

Kamen_BG said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the Xeon version of the Intel Core i7 3770.The only important difference is that this one is clocked 100mhz lower which isnt a big difference at all.

That Xeon is a Sandy Bridge, which makes it more comparable to i7-26xx.
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