Intel Pentium vs i3

Hello there fellow forumers (if there is such a word... XD)! I'm here to ask you guys which cpu is right for playing games at 1366x768 resolution. I heard that the Intel Pentium g860 is a pretty good cpu compared to the i3-2100. Then only difference between them is Hyper-threading and some other features. Is it worth the $30 to go with the i3 or should I just stick with the Pentium for gaming? Thank you for your time and your opinions! :3

P.S: One of these processors are going to be part of my very first gaming rig that I'll hopefully build this year. My budget is $500. Here are the rest of my build's specs:

-HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Case Cost: $44.99

-XFX CORE Edition Radeon HD 7770 Cost: $124.99

-ASRock H61 Micro ATX LGA 1155 Motherboard Cost: $44.99

-Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply Cost: $39.99

-Intel Pentium g860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz Cost: $89.99

-G.SKILL 4GB (2x2 GB) DDR3 RAM Cost: $22.99

-Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive Cost: $44.99

-Samsung 22X DVD Burner Cost: $16.99

-Total Cost: $429.92 + Shipping
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  1. Swap out your PSU for this -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Then get a HD6850 for around $20 more :) which should leave you within budget with fairly more performance.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    http://www.hwcompare.com/11925/radeon-hd-6850-vs-radeon-hd-7770/

    Also, if there's a microcenter near you, you can pick up an i3 2120 for only $10 more than the Pentium you listed :)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0396286
  2. Don't forget to add the cost of windows, unless you already have a unused copy of windows.
    i3 for $99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0396286
  3. Thanks for the reply mocchan! :D Sadly, I don't know if there is a microcenter near me in Florida, but I'll check later. I heard it's a really great place to buy parts! My cousin actually works there too! XD Also, I heard the 7770 is pretty comparable to the 6850. I saw some benchmarks from a guy on Youtube (name is Sssagaman) and by his numbers, they are very similar. Here is the link to the video:

    -6850 Benchmark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHzqueGNZKo&list=PL0875EE14F0AAB8CC&index=2&feature=plpp_video

    -7770 Benchmark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEonQPRj4W8&list=PL1425B994A390D334&index=5&feature=plpp_video

    So judging by your advice, I should go with an i3 instead of a Pentium processor? :o
  4. Sorry in store only, but hears an oem i3 for $94 from outletpc
    http://www.outletpc.com/ks9843-intel-core-13-550-3-2ghz-lga-1165-dual-core-cpu.html
  5. Shikamon said:
    Thanks for the reply mocchan! :D Sadly, I don't know if there is a microcenter near me in Florida, but I'll check later. I heard it's a really great place to buy parts! My cousin actually works there too! XD Also, I heard the 7770 is pretty comparable to the 6850. I saw some benchmarks from a guy on Youtube (name is Sssagaman) and by his numbers, they are very similar. Here is the link to the video:

    -6850 Benchmark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHzqueGNZKo&list=PL0875EE14F0AAB8CC&index=2&feature=plpp_video

    -7770 Benchmark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEonQPRj4W8&list=PL1425B994A390D334&index=5&feature=plpp_video

    So judging by your advice, I should go with an i3 instead of a Pentium processor? :o


    Dont rely on just youtube reviews for anything its like buying toys from the back of a comic book when your a kid yeah the advert looks all pro and the item seems awesome but in reality its sh*t/nothing like shown/totally misrepresented. Use proper established tech websites that publish proper benchmarks to judge a product.
  6. Thanks for the reply shafe88! I'm well aware about the cost of Windows 7 64-bit.... Wish it was less than $99.99... :T I was thinking of installing Linux on my first build if I can't get it. lol
  7. wr6133 said:
    Dont rely on just youtube reviews for anything its like buying toys from the back of a comic book when your a kid yeah the advert looks all pro and the item seems awesome but in reality its sh*t/nothing like shown/totally misrepresented. Use proper established tech websites that publish proper benchmarks to judge a product.


    Thanks wr6133! I think it's wise that I use legit info from other websites (like this one for instance). I'm just skeptical about the 7770 and the 6850. The highest resolution I'm going to play on is 1366x768 so I don't want to spend too much but also have a graphics card to deal with today's games and maybe a couple in the near future. :D Also, what do you guys think about the Intel Pentium g860? Is it worth getting? :o
  8. Out of the 2 for your specifics needs the 860 would suffice
  9. The Sandy Bridge based Pentiums are one hell of a CPU :) But if my budget allowed, I would definitely grab an i3 instead. It'll perform a little bit better, and you may be able to squeeze a little bit more performance out of it due to its Hyperthreading :)

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/404?vs=289

    Those two CPU's listed on that bench are practically the same to the ones I mentioned above, just clocked a little lower :)
  10. wr6133 said:
    Out of the 2 for your specifics needs the 860 would suffice


    +1

    Actually taking into consideration the screen resolution OP is using, I'm actually thinking the HD7770 may be the better option as well (after OP's concern about an OS).

    I would definitely want to swap out the PSU, however.

    @ OP

    Any plans to upgrade your monitor to a higher resolution in the near future?
  11. "IF" you live near a microcenter, grab a Pentium G630 for 49.99
  12. Shikamon said:
    Thanks for the reply shafe88! I'm well aware about the cost of Windows 7 64-bit.... Wish it was less than $99.99... :T I was thinking of installing Linux on my first build if I can't get it. lol

    Since this is your first build, maybe you can go with a dual core sandy bridge celeron for now and upgrade to an i3 or i5 later. The money you save on the processor can help with getting windows. I know people may not like me for suggesting a celeron, but the sandy bridge celerons are way better than celerons of the past. If your planning on doing game your better off trying to get your hands on a copy windows.

    Hears gaming benchmarks for sandy bridge celeron
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/celeron-g540-g440_6.html#sect0
  13. daswilhelm said:
    "IF" you live near a microcenter, grab a Pentium G630 for 49.99

    Looking at the store locations on the microcenter website, there's none in Florida :( If I'm not mistaken, I think OP mentioned living there.
  14. True. But the hyper-threading barely does anything to gaming does it?
    According to this forum post, the hyper-threading isn't really used in most games: http://www.overclock.net/t/671977/hyperthreading-in-games
  15. anyways, IF not near a microcenter, grab the 620 or 630 from newegg, no reason to get the 800 series, they are to close in price to the i3s
  16. Shikamon said:
    True. But the hyper-threading barely does anything to gaming does it?
    According to this forum post, the hyper-threading isn't really used in most games: http://www.overclock.net/t/671977/hyperthreading-in-games


    Yes but keep in mind they were using an i7 CPU to test that out Quad core w/ and w/o HT. Since we're talking about an i3 here, which is just a Dual Core, it may be something that is worth taking into consideration.

    I'll try and find a thread on here in just a little bit that discussed the i3.

    **EDIT**

    I can't seem to find the thread :lol:
  17. Yeah. I can't do the microcenter deal..... Q__Q Newegg is where I'm getting my parts from. I don't know if I'm going to upgrade my screen in the near future, but it is a possibility. Also, I'm thinking of upgrading to an i5 later on though when prices drop. :3
  18. if you are even thinking of an i5, then start out with a g620.
  19. Shikamon said:
    Yeah. I can't do the microcenter deal..... Q__Q Newegg is where I'm getting my parts from. I don't know if I'm going to upgrade my screen in the near future, but it is a possibility. Also, I'm thinking of upgrading to an i5 later on though when prices drop. :3


    If you plan to upgrade your CPU anyway, then I would say just grab the Pentium. It'll do fine for what you need :)
  20. Yeah. Either a g620 to the g860 will do for the time being. XD With that, I could throw in a 6870 or something if the price is right. :3
  21. Well thanks for the advice fellas! If you have any more advice, feel free to post. XD
  22. Did you take a look at tigerdirect's website. Right now they have quad core athlon combo for $270.49 and a MSI hd7770 for $99.99
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3487499&CatId=332
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3199442&CatId=7387
  23. ^ I wouldn't recommend.

    The motherboard in the combo isn't AM3+ which limits OP's upgrade path GREATLY.

    The Pentium is still the better choice IMO - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/105?vs=404
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