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Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
09-16-2012, 05:49 PM,
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Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
I have a few questions about this article:
http://www.hardware-revolution.com/budge...july-2012/

I want to build the default Tier 2 PC (using all parts listed in orange), but the parts now total $597 without tax included. This is my first attempt at building a PC, and I'm doing it on a budget for gaming.
Do you still recommend the same video card despite the price jump, or is there a cheaper one that is just as good?

Is it worth paying the extra $8 to upgrade to the new Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I32120? Also, would I have to change anything else in the build if I did this?

Lastly, I have a Windows 7 Ultimate "not for resale" disc that I obtained by participating in Microsoft's ExpertZone back when I worked in retail. I installed it on my current computer and was wondering if anyone knows if I can install it on the new computer I get.

Thanks for your help!
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09-16-2012, 07:42 PM,
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RE: Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
The Ivy Bridge Dual-Cores came out, so just get an i3-3220.
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09-16-2012, 07:50 PM,
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RE: Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
There is an i3 ivy bridge cpu that's out now and only a few bucks more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcom...115-077-TS

Here's a comparison, it doesn't look much different except lower power consumption but i'm assuming it is better.

As for the video card, there isn't anything that's $10 cheaper and just as good, you'd need to go down to a HD 6850 or look into the new GTX 650 for cheaper cards but also lower performance. I'm not exactly sure about the windows OS. I've heard you can call microsoft and tell them you're upgrading the machine or something but i don't think you'll get to have that same OS running on both machines.
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09-16-2012, 08:32 PM,
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RE: Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
(09-16-2012, 07:50 PM)Pineappl Wrote: There is an i3 ivy bridge cpu that's out now and only a few bucks more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcom...115-077-TS

Here's a comparison, it doesn't look much different except lower power consumption but i'm assuming it is better.

As for the video card, there isn't anything that's $10 cheaper and just as good, you'd need to go down to a HD 6850 or look into the new GTX 650 for cheaper cards but also lower performance. I'm not exactly sure about the windows OS. I've heard you can call microsoft and tell them you're upgrading the machine or something but i don't think you'll get to have that same OS running on both machines.

If I got the Intel Core i3-3220, would I have to change any other parts out (like the motherboard)?
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09-17-2012, 06:42 AM,
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RE: Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
No. The Ivy Bridge also has 15% increased performance so it looks like a good deal to me.
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09-17-2012, 05:42 PM,
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RE: Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
(09-17-2012, 06:42 AM)ricky07652 Wrote: No. The Ivy Bridge also has 15% increased performance so it looks like a good deal to me.

Thanks muchly
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09-18-2012, 05:07 PM,
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RE: Tier 2 Budget Gaming PC Questions 9/16/12
(09-17-2012, 06:42 AM)ricky07652 Wrote: No. The Ivy Bridge also has 15% increased performance so it looks like a good deal to me.

i dont think you'll attain that with the i3's. from what ive seen so far, im seeing a 6.3% increase in 3dmark, 3% in cinebench 11.5, and 6.8 % in prime 32m. and in the 2 games a 12% increase in RE5 and 2% in BF3.

not definitive but i dont do a whole lot of differenct benches.

still 8 bucks for a 5-7% performance increase and new technology is def worth it.
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