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August 27, 2012 4:39:36 AM

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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August 27, 2012 4:48:00 AM
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

According to the chart it's the i3-2120 followed closely by the i3-2100.
August 27, 2012 5:12:20 AM

what about i5-650?
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August 27, 2012 5:16:55 AM

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.
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August 27, 2012 5:16:57 AM

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.
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August 27, 2012 5:21:25 AM

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.
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August 27, 2012 5:27:13 AM

I do agree that a quad core is really the way to go, if you can, though.
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August 27, 2012 5:32:06 AM

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
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August 27, 2012 5:34:01 AM

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...
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August 27, 2012 5:38:37 AM

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.
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August 27, 2012 5:40:19 AM

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.
August 27, 2012 3:05:50 PM

the i5 2400/2500 are a bit too much for me. so the i3 2120 would be the better choice right?
August 27, 2012 3:08:40 PM

And there's a quad core variant of the i3-2120
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August 27, 2012 3:08:53 PM

Yup, and you can always upgrade your CPU.
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August 27, 2012 3:09:21 PM

mcs93 said:
And there's a quad core variant of the i3-2120

All the i3 CPUs are dual cores.
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August 27, 2012 4:47:35 PM

Intel - 3.30ghz Core I3-2120 3mb
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August 27, 2012 5:09:41 PM

The old i5 overclocks quite well though. Might even beat the i3 though I still wouldn't buy it myself.
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August 27, 2012 6:40:25 PM

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?
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August 27, 2012 6:51:28 PM

There isn't.
August 28, 2012 12:31:57 PM

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