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Anyone know if the Intel Core i3-2120 can run games as well as an i5?

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October 7, 2012 7:55:22 PM

My system specs are terrible. I MEAN TERRIBLE. I'm using a budget, low-end gaming rig built in 2005 with an AMD Sempron 2800+ @1.6 GHz, 3 gigs of DDR2 RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, and a GeForce GT 430 (probably the only decent part of the system). I've been shopping for a new CPU, motherboard, and RAM plus Windows 7 on a budget of about $350-400. I just bought a Seagate 1 tb drive at Best Buy (it was on sale for 60 bucks!) So all I need is those three items plus Win7. Oh and the games I'll be playing are:

Microsoft Flight Simulator X (VERY CPU INTENSIVE)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (which wouldn't even start up, doesn't meet system requirements)
Call of Duty: World at War (especially Nazi Zombies. Doesn't run worth a poop now unless the settings are low and there's only 2 zombies, HA.)

I was thinking about the i3-3220. It's here...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seems decent. But I've heard the Phenom II X4 965 plays games smoother.

Obviously Windows, here...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Ripjaws RAM here...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And finally a Biostar motherboard (I'll probably go Asus instead)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

None of these items besides Windows are actually confirmed right now. Added up, those 4 things cost about $370 minus $20 in the rebate. I just want some advice on which brands to go with and what CPU will be the best bang for the buck in that price range.

P.S. - I almost forgot...I might sell the GT 430 and pick up a GTX 650, but that's later. ;) 


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October 7, 2012 7:59:18 PM

CoD is extremely easy to run on a modern system. Heck, a 6570 can max it out. SInce you're getting a GPU, it's down to the Phenom x4 965 and i3. I'd get the Phenom, since the extra cores help a lot. And also, I wouldn't get 650, unless you like wasting money. The 7770 is much much better and only $100.
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October 7, 2012 8:34:20 PM

You wont have to much of a problem with the COD titles, Black Ops does seem to be somewhat CPU demanding (Maxes out my x6 at 4ghz during loading lol). But in games such as BF3 or GTA4 your I3 will suffer since it is only a dual core and hyper threading isn't used in games. If you want to play BF3 or another demanding game at 1080p best bet would be to get an i5 or as you mentioned the phenom II x4 965 will do better at a lower price point with a good Crossfire/SLI board.

I5 will do better, not that much better, but you might be able to get a 2400 - 2500k for a good price if you want to use your motherboard you have mentioned.

I5 2500k Newegg = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I5 2400K TigerDirect = http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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October 7, 2012 9:06:20 PM

Huh. I have been looking at the i5 for quite some time. If I got the i5 instead of a Phenom or the i3, I'm looking at around $415...which is okay because my brother can help me pay for it. (I'm 15.) ;)  May just have to go with that if I want to be playing Flight Simulator X with tons of add-ons.

Viking2121 said:
You wont have to much of a problem with the COD titles, Black Ops does seem to be somewhat CPU demanding (Maxes out my x6 at 4ghz during loading lol). But in games such as BF3 or GTA4 your I3 will suffer since it is only a dual core and hyper threading isn't used in games. If you want to play BF3 or another demanding game at 1080p best bet would be to get an i5 or as you mentioned the phenom II x4 965 will do better at a lower price point with a good Crossfire/SLI board.

I5 will do better, not that much better, but you might be able to get a 2400 - 2500k for a good price if you want to use your motherboard you have mentioned.

I5 2500k Newegg = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I5 2400K TigerDirect = http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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