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I3 or Pentium G860

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! :)

CPU-Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor (OR I3)?????????????????

MOBO- ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM-G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

PS-CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W

GRAPHICS-MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

HARDDRIVE-Samsung Spinpoint F3 320GB Hard drive

CASE-Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

LG dvd drive

+Im not sure about this but im pretty sure the graphics card goes with the mobo+CPU but im not sure.... correct me if im wrong. :kaola:
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  1. You'd be better off with the i3,and yes,the card is a working fit with the motherboard and i3.
  2. Best answer
    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.,53426,53492
  3. 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.
  4. Get the i3, yes the price is high and painful when buying but all those extra mhz is going to count later on.
  5. Best answer selected by RawBunnie.
  6. So the i3-2120 would be compatible with the mobo ive got though right?
  7. Get the i3! Yeah!
  8. 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.
  9. 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....

    Thanks guys!
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