Hey guys, im currently building a new gaming computer and im also kinda new to this..... ive got most of my build down but i was questioning whether to get a G80 or a i3. Im quite sure the i3 is faster but is was wondering how much faster as well as if any of the i3's are compatible with my mother board. Heres my build if you were wondering, Thanks!
The Intel® Core™ i3's good point to start looking for a gaming processor. They have a couple advantages over the Intel Pentium® processors like the Intel Pentium G860. Right now one of the best values in these processors is the Intel Core i3-2120 which is only about $5 more then the Intel Core i3-2100 and is 200MHz faster. http://ark.intel.com/compare/53422,53426,53492
If it mean't you could get a better graphics card then get the G860 if not the i3 is worth it for a few $s. I used that board for a budget gaming build recently and there where reviews saying people found it not working with ivy bridge though they are on the support list (I was using sandy bridge anyway due to no budget ivy's at the time).
The G860 is sandy bridge but you don't say which i3.
Just my £0.02 worth...Bit-tech did an article where they built a budget gaming system capable of running Skyrim at max settings at 1080p, based on a G620. For a gaming machine, practically speaking, there will be little difference between the G860 and i3-2120 et al. If the difference in price is small, then go for the i3. However, if the savings you make in getting the Pentium allow you to get a better GPU, I'd recommend that instead.
I dont really think the preformance in graphics card would go up to much so i think im just going with the i3-2120. Its always nice to have a faster CPU + I may be playing some more CPU dependant games....