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 Post subject: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:15 am 
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Hey, MPC. I'm new here and I wanted to know if this would be a solid budget Core i3 build, or if I could do better for the price. A few months from now and I'll be upgrading to an i5 or i7 and this will be used as media or Minecraft server. Mainly will be using it to play some games (Minecraft, Terraria, Skyrim, Command & Conquer, Starcraft). Any help would be appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor [$159.99]
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard [$44.99]
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory [$49.99]
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive [$63.19]
Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 640 4GB Video Card [$93.98]
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case [$23.98]
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply [$19.99]
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer [$15.63]
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter [$19.99]
Case Fan: Cooler Master Blade Master 40.8 CFM 80mm Fan [$8.98]
Case Fan: Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan [$9.76]
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse [$28.75]

Total: $539.22


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:16 am 
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The i3 is a very capable processor in its own right, so why not? :P


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:14 am 
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Might consider a Pentium if you are going to eBay it soon for a i5.

LatiosXT has a brand spanking new G3258, I believe. Maybe he would share first impressions.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:25 am 
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The G3258 is a very good budget processor, and it can be overclocked to i3 performance levels, but that requires a motherboard more expensive than the processor itself.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:01 am 
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Sorry that it was not clarified earlier, but I will NOT be selling this system. If anything it'd go in a SFF case to fit in my living room entertainment center if the one that I picked out was too big. I was looking at the Pentiums also, but had decided on the i3 since I don't see myself trying to overclock anytime soon. I'd rather buy what I wanted up front and use my CPU, GPU, RAM, etc as rated rather than oberclocking them. Instead of trying to push out these devices what I THINK they should be rated at. Plus I'm scared, lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:50 am 
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Honestly for those games, you can still use the Pentium I mentioned. It'll also cost half as much.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:43 am 
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Well if that's the case, it may work out. I was previously looking at the Pentium line before I decided on the i3 anyways. I believe the highest priced one was only $99.99 if that much. I'm also new to PC gaming. Would my video card be sufficient to play Skyrim on the High setting, or would I need to be lookimg at a better GPU?


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:31 am 
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You could do it at 1680x1050 at about 40FPS. Any further and you'll need to beef it up


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:30 am 
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Hmm, I could deal with that until upgrading. As it is I play it on my Xbox @ 720p, @ a framerate that I'm unaware of. On a my 22-inch Acer monitor, hooked up to my 2-channel A/V receiver at that. I also do some light video encoding, and with just a 2-hour movie being encoded to an Android format it takes forever.

I'm currently working with a HP DC7100 that has a Pentium 4 540 I believe, with 3GBs of RAM, a XFX 5450, 2 40GB hard drives and an optical drive, running 32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, so I'm more than due for an upgrade.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:04 pm 
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More than likely the 360 is running the game at 640p on medium or low. So playing it on the PC on those settings will certainly get you 60FPS. As for encoding, Anandtech reports the Pentium can do a Handbrake conversion of a 640x260 video at 309 FPS while a 4K video does 11FPS.

So it should do HD video at a reasonable amount of time.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget i3, or nah?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:40 pm 
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Thanks. Brought my build down to $498.43. Will start orderimg parts twhis Friday and should have em all by the 29th. I'll let you guys know how it goes.


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