axeman wrote:derFunkenstein wrote:I would argue that the G840 is a good value and the i3 2100/2105 are not in a performance-per-dollar kind of way. The reason is that for $70 more (50% more money) you can at least have the potential for 100% better CPU performance in the form of an i5 2500 or i5 2500k. Depending on what you're doing, you're throwing away 30-40% more money (vs. the G840) for 100 more MHz and two virtual cores.
So in that lgiht, I'd say G840 or i5 2500 (non-K version if you're going with a cheap mobo). Anywhere in between is kind of incremental gains for much bigger incremental dollars.
I won't say your conclusion is wrong, the dollar for relative performance is better on the i5 vs i3, but it's going to be very few applications that make well enough use of four cores for the i5 to be 100% faster than i3. But for the love of Pete, if anything get an 2120, it's 200mhz faster, and can be had for 130. If you're primarily gaming, I'd say this is fine choice, use the $50 you save on a (better) graphics card.
On a totally non-related psychological note, if I was selling something to someone I would be inclined to avoid the Pentium branded chips because it is a name associated with low end products now. For those that know, well.... I just put an E5700 in an old system to replace a Pentium D chip. It's a wolfdale core with slightly less cache, but it's not a "Core 2",
Why not the G850 for only $3 more or the G620 for $15 less?DPete27 wrote:If you're looking in the low end market, I would suggest an Intel Penitum G840 for $85.
It's $135 -15 code "EMCJHJG58" at Newegg.DPete27 wrote:I would think the highest you would want to go would be a Core i3-2105 which sells for $135.
The Corsair CX430 for $45 -6.75 code "CorsairPSU15" -20 MIR has the same 336-watt +12V capacity as the Antec EarthWatts EA-380D for $48 -5MIR.DPete27 wrote: Antec Earthwatts Green 380W PSU's are nice and they can be had for around $50.
The Asus P8H67-V from the System Guide for $112½ -10 code "ASUS121319" happens to include PATA. You probably don't need PATA on a new motherboard. I've had good luck with a $10 SATA-to-IDE bridge for an old PATA device kept around for sentimental reasons.DPete27 wrote: IDE/PATA is going to be hard to find on 1155 motherboards.
JustAnEngineer wrote:Why not the G850 for only $3 more or the G620 for $15 less?