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Best processor for around/under 130?

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August 9, 2012 2:41:22 PM

Hi, I'm building a budget pc and since it's my first one I'm having problems... Do I want a quad core or a dual core? This is really confusing for me :/ 

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August 9, 2012 9:04:41 PM

If you can't get to a Microcenter the Intel® Core™ i3-2120 is your best bet at your price.

The Intel Core i3-2125 is the same as the Intel Core i3-2120 except that it has the better Intel HD 3000 Graphics.

The difference between a dual core and a quad core to do with the software and the micro architecture that is being used on it right now. Comparing an Intel Pentium® D 950 at 3.4GHz to a modern Intel Core i3-2120 at 3.3GHz would the see the Intel Pentium D left in the dust because of the better micro-architecture.
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August 9, 2012 10:20:26 PM

It depends on what you plan to do.

Your options are basically the dual core i3-2100 or the quad core Phenom II X4 965. For pure gaming without overclocking (an i3-2100 cannot be OC'ed), then either one should be fine. The core i3-2100 will give you slightly to somewhat decent better performance at 1680x1050 or lower resolution, but at 1920x1080 or higher, the difference narrows down / disappears.

The Phenom II X4 965 can be overclocked so it's performance will be better in games than the i3-2100. Of course, it is recommended you buy a heatsink capable of handling the extra heat.

If you do things that can take advantage of more than 2 cores, like encoding video with the x.264 codec, then a Phenom II X4 965 will perform better than the i3-2100 even if the Phenom is not overclocked.

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August 9, 2012 10:51:59 PM

Hi :) 

Grrrr.... this is an INTERNATIONAL site....

130 WHAT ???


All the best Brett :) 
a c 78 à CPUs
August 10, 2012 2:00:54 AM

Intel employee tells people to buy an Intel product. Real shock there right? I swear its like an end-run around my ad-blocking software.
In all seriousness, yea what country are you in, and what specifically do you need the CPU to do for you?