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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $600 Gaming PC

Benchmark Results: Productivity

Overclocking the Phenom II helps decrease the time it takes to complete our workloads by 8-24%. But stepping up to the more expensive Core i5-2400 provides a 28-70% boost in performance.

It's also worth mentioning that the quad-core Core i5 cuts June system's Photoshop result in half, indicating that the application was seeing no benefit from the Core i3-2100’s two logical cores.