Moving from Sandy Bridge I3-2100

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I built it and have a biostar motherboard. Pretty sure it is a Biostar TH67+.
Hi Xaeniac,

My brother in law had the same CPU and slightly different board. We decided to purchase a 3770k and after market cooler from ebay for about $170usd.We also upgraded his ram from 4gb to 16gb for under $50usd. His 3770k stock runs games just slightly slower than my I5 6600k and when he overclocks to 4.2ghz it's faster. I think this is the best\cheapest option in your situation. If you want to replace the board/ram/cpu then you should look at the AMD Ryzen 1600 as others have suggested or wait to see if Intel's new CPU's on the 19th push the i7 7700k prices lower.
 

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Hi Xaeniac,

My brother in law had the same CPU and slightly different board. We decided to purchase a 3770k and after market cooler from ebay for about $170usd.We also upgraded his ram from 4gb to 16gb for under $50usd. His 3770k stock runs games just slightly slower than my I5 6600k and when he overclocks to 4.2ghz it's faster. I think this is the best\cheapest option in your situation. If you want to replace the board/ram/cpu then you should look at the AMD Ryzen 1600 as others have suggested or wait to see if Intel's new CPU's on the 19th push the i7 7700k prices lower.
$220 isn't bad at all for a CPU and memory upgrade.
 

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Lots of great prices on used i3-2100 lately as low as $15 each, and I'm entering this industry now. Call me weird. i3-2100 is the oldest and cheapest Windows 10 compatible Intel processor with secure-boot feature.

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Lots of great prices on used i3-2100 lately as low as $15 each, and I'm entering this industry now. Call me weird. i3-2100 is the oldest and cheapest Windows 10 compatible Intel processor with secure-boot feature.
What does that have to do with the OP wanting to upgrade his?
 

whm1974

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What does that have to do with the OP wanting to upgrade his?
Agreed. And besides if the OP can upgrade to a 3770K w/ aftermarket HSF and overclock it, while doubling his ram, he should see a huge increase in performance.
 

MrTeal

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Is he able to multiplier overclock using that board?
 

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thanks to all. decided to spring for the i7-2600 to calm my upgrade fever. I will upgrade video card once this bitcoin fiasco is over and feel i have enough ram at 8GBs at this time but may look at 16GB in the future?
 
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kwalkingcraze

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Agreed. And besides if the OP can upgrade to a 3770K w/ aftermarket HSF and overclock it, while doubling his ram, he should see a huge increase in performance.
Is 6GB RAM enough? Found noticeable improvement with 6GB instead of 4GB. That's all I can afford.
 

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My wife's rig had an i3 2100 by chance a 3770 i7 rig fell into my lap she's on that now

I'd say ryzen 1600x is a good investment
 

kwalkingcraze

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Is i3-3240 based on identical CPU architecture to i3-2130? Both are 3.4GHz. Is the Ivy Bridge HD graphic compatible with Windows 10 fully?
 

xaeniac

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completed the i7-2600 transition. Also got a new power supply, 8 more gigs of ram, new ssd, and a gtx1060 graphics card. THis will allow me to save more cash and see what happens. I'm happy with the performance increase as well. Thanks to all who posted in this thread and sharing your insights.
 
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Is i3-3240 based on identical CPU architecture to i3-2130? Both are 3.4GHz. Is the Ivy Bridge HD graphic compatible with Windows 10 fully?
No, i3-2130 is Sandy Bridge, i3-3240 is Ivy Bridge. They're similar, but there were some changes.
 

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completed the i7-2600 transition. Also got a new power supply, 8 more gigs of ram, new ssd, and a gtx1060 graphics card. THis will allow me to save more cash and see what happens. I'm happy with the performance increase as well. Thanks to all who posted in this thread and sharing your insights.
Glad the upgrade is working out for you!
 

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Because Spending 5 times more to build a new Amd build and get less performance in gaming is not smart?

The i7 2600k 4.7ghz Is faster then Ryzen flagship overclocked to 4 ghz...

http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2867-intel-i7-2600k-2017-benchmark-vs-7700k-1700-more?showall=1

I would recommend the OP to just upgrade to an i7 2600k and then eventually upgrade to a new Intel build since they are way better for gaming...
ding ding ding...My BS warning is going off. I went from 2600k to an r51600 and don't regret it one bit.
 
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Yeah, Ryzen has a lot of benefits, IMHO. Unless you're trying to do 120/144FPS gaming, a Ryzen chip is perfectly fine.

Edit: Even then, it does have better IPC than even a 2600K, after all, it's around Haswell-to-Broadwell IPC. It may not clock as high, but that's not the only metric of performance.
 
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Yeah, Ryzen has a lot of benefits, IMHO. Unless you're trying to do 120/144FPS gaming, a Ryzen chip is perfectly fine.

Edit: Even then, it does have better IPC than even a 2600K, after all, it's around Haswell-to-Broadwell IPC. It may not clock as high, but that's not the only metric of performance.
So Ryzen has about 10 to 15 percent better ipc and the 2600k at least the same advantage in clockspeed if overclocked. Basically a wash unless you can use the extra cores for productivity workloads.
 

kwalkingcraze

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Just installed a bunch of 2015-made i3-2120 today. Is the Sandy Bridge HD graphics compatible with Windows 10?
 
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Just installed a bunch of 2015-made i3-2120 today. Is the Sandy Bridge HD graphics compatible with Windows 10?
Shhh you'll get waltchan involved again.

OP hope you enjoy the upgrade. Glad you managed to get a GPU that fit your budget since availability of graphics cards has gone insane. If you ever do want to go AM4 someday, take a look at it after they release Ryzen 2/Zen 2 or whatever it is they'll call it. Your new upgrade should last you for a bit.
 

StinkyPinky

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On a budget the smart thing to do was to get an i7 sandy or ivy and OC which is what he seems to be doing. He's doubled his core and thread count, got a bit more mhz, and imo you can probably game on that cpu nicely with the 1060 at 1080p.
 

SPBHM

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Just installed a bunch of 2015-made i3-2120 today. Is the Sandy Bridge HD graphics compatible with Windows 10?
from the little I used, windows 10 install drivers for it and it works for D3D but there is no OpenGL support
 

maddogmcgee

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I disagree. Why spend good money after bad.

Get a decent B350 or X370 mobo, and at the least, a Ryzen 5 1600 CPU. That's what I did.

Why spend $120 on a 2600K, when you could have Ryzen 5 1600 for $211 right now.
I am really wondering what the aliens did with Larry and who this person who keeps posting on the forums is.
 


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