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Old September 16, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Default low end budget pc

Which one should i get.

i3 2120 and a Gigabyte B75M-D3H gigabyte motherboard for only 175$

Or, wait for the i3 3220 to go into a bundle.

But performance wise, how much is the i3 3220 over the i3 2120. especially in gaming, are there any improvement there?

I won't be planning to be doing a duel card solution. crossfire is what i think they call it.

I'm planning to buy a hd 7750

1.Is this a good gaming setup for medium#low resolution.
2.Will amd be able to outperform
for example: fx 4170 and hd 7750
a8 and a 6670 ( run it in ''duel graphics'' ) or hd 7750.
Remains of setup: 8gb ddr3 1600mhz g.skill.
450c antec eco.
HDD 500gig.
(I don't want a ssd, because i know it degrades overtime. not to mention the space is limited and it costs more, so that's out of he option.)
i don't find the need in naming the other stuff lol.
PS: the cpu and motherboard combination must not exceed 175$ or else it will go out of my budget.

Thank you for reading, your time, and responding!

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Old September 16, 2012, 02:51 PM
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I can tell you right now for budget build, im using an i3 2100 (got it from a mod here) with a GTX 470 on a 250gb WD blue hdd and there is not a single game out there i cant play maxed out more or less @ 1900x1200. Now there are a handful of games that are an exception mind you lol. But Just cause 2 plays maxed out for and that makes me a happy camper
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Old September 16, 2012, 04:32 PM
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You will be waiting a while if you want a bundle deal with a 3220 (especially at that price mark IMO). With that said I would go for the 2120 and the best graphics card in your budget. It will be fine if you only want low-med res gaming. If you get a few extra dollars for a hd 7770 or better it will make a decent improvement. Also I would not go the AMD CPU route with your wants as the a8 is a substantially slower cpu and the fx just use too much power for no gain.
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Old September 16, 2012, 07:06 PM
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The performance difference between ivy bridge and sandy bridge is very little (roughly 10%), 3220 is not going to be cheap when it comes out, so better to stick with 2120
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Old September 16, 2012, 08:04 PM
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it's actually out. and only 10$ more.
i3 2120 is 120$
i3 3220 is 130$

That's why i was thinking it might come into bundle soon. although, it just came out, so i don't know.

and Also, I forgot to mention.
How much an improvement will it be, if i had a dedicated videocard in gaming? Sorry, i'm really good at making my questions clear.
example : I3 2120 + hd 7750 vs i3 3220 hd 7750.

I know overall it's 10% but Will it still be 10% for gaming?

Thanks for the reply all. AMD is really going down on the the cpu's.... hopefully they do a comebcak soon.
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Old September 16, 2012, 09:49 PM
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you won't see 10% improvement in games.. If it was $10 difference with all said and done (bundles etc) then I would get it... if not and it's stretching you then don't bother.
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