Processor: Intel Core i3-4130
Time and again, we've seen Intel's Core i3 processors prove themselves in most budget-oriented gaming builds. Although the fourth-gen Core i3-4130 cannot be overclocked, high per-clock performance and a respectable 3.4 GHz operating frequency make this chip a worthy foundation on which to build an affordable PC. Its pair of Hyper-Threaded cores is capable of scheduling four threads at a time, putting it out in front of Intel's dual-core Pentium processors in our favorite AAA titles.
CPU Cooler: Intel Retail Boxed Heat Sink & Fan
Once we drop under Core i5-class CPUs, Intel stops outfitting its bundled heat sinks with copper slugs. Instead, this familiar-looking cooler consists of a low-profile aluminum orb-style sink, a PWM-controlled fan, and a push-pin mounting bracket.
It's sufficient for what we need it to do, and even under full-load, the fan remains fairly quiet. Best of all, it doesn't pull funds away from my performance-oriented parts.
- A More Affordable Gaming Alternative
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling My Gaming Box
- Improving High-Res Gaming By Overclocking Graphics
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 4 And Battlefield 3
- Results: F1 2012, Grid 2, and Arma 3
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And Far Cry 3
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Summarizing The Performance Of Three Gaming Builds
- Did I Achieve My Goals, Or Is This A Failure?