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Which is the better CPU for gaming?

Intel - 3.30ghz Core I3-2120 3mb
Intel - 3.20ghz Core I5-650 4mb
Intel - 3.06ghz Core I3-540 4mb
Intel - 3.10ghz Core I3-2100 3mb

Which is the best CPU for gaming? please help
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  1. Best answer
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    According to the chart it's the i3-2120 followed closely by the i3-2100.
  2. what about i5-650?
  3. mcs93 said:
    what about i5-650?


    It's 4th tier (the i3 540 is 5th), and the 2100 and 2120 and 2nd tier... So, two tiers better than the i5 650 for the i3 21xx's.

    In reality, the 650 will game relatively well, but the 21xx's will be better.
  4. Any quad core CPU will be better in gaming than a dual core CPU, better try to get something like the i5-2400 or the i5-2500, or I would stuck with the i5-650.
  5. ilysaml said:
    Any quad core CPU will be better in gaming than a dual core CPU, better try to get something like the i5-2400 or the i5-2500, or I would stuck with the i5-650.


    The i5 650 is a 2C/4T CPU just like the 21xx's are.

    With that in mind, the 21xx's are the best choice.

    The Intel link I tried to post isn't working for some reason, but just search for the i5 650.
  6. I do agree that a quad core is really the way to go, if you can, though.
  7. I didn't state that the i5-650 is a 4C CPU but the i5-2400/2500. And there's no much difference between the i3 2100 and i5-650 to make you say the "best"
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=144

    But actually I had in mind that most i5s are quad cores and better performers than i3s
  8. ilysaml said:
    I didn't state that the i5-650 is a 4C CPU but the i5-2400/2500. And there's no much difference between the i3 2100 and i5-650 to make you say the "best"
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=144


    No there's not a large difference, but there's no reason to go with an older architecture, either...
  9. DJDeCiBeL said:
    No there's not a large difference, but there's no reason to go with an older architecture, either...

    Who's gonna look at the architecture? especially if it was a normal user...the overall performance what matters, and I see no point getting either, but a quad core. But yeah the i3-2100 is the sweet pick for the slight performance increase.
  10. ilysaml said:
    Who's gonna look at the architecture? especially if it was a normal user...


    Eh, really talking about the platform as a whole, not just the CPU (older socket, harder to upgrade, if needed, etc.), but yeah, we seem to basically agree here.
  11. the i5 2400/2500 are a bit too much for me. so the i3 2120 would be the better choice right?
  12. And there's a quad core variant of the i3-2120
  13. Yup, and you can always upgrade your CPU.
  14. mcs93 said:
    And there's a quad core variant of the i3-2120

    All the i3 CPUs are dual cores.
  15. Intel - 3.30ghz Core I3-2120 3mb
  16. The old i5 overclocks quite well though. Might even beat the i3 though I still wouldn't buy it myself.
  17. mcs93 said:
    And there's a quad core variant of the i3-2120



    There's a what? A quad core varient? What model number would that be?
  18. There isn't.
  19. Best answer selected by mcs93.
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