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Intel Core i3-12100F 12th Gen Quad-Core 3.3 GHz Desktop Processor $98 + Free Shipping

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Newegg.com [newegg.com] has Intel Core i3-12100F 12th Gen Quad-Core 3.3 GHz Desktop Processor on sale for $107.99 - $10 w/ code DYRBSAZ42 = $97.99. Shipping is free.
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It's never worth not getting top of the line CPU due to mobo cost. If you could get mobos for 50 bux, then this kind of crap might be worth it.
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It's never worth not getting top of the line CPU due to mobo cost. If you could get mobos for 50 bux, then this kind of crap might be worth it.
This is perfect for an office PC, and as far as gaming it's a bargain. No reason to bag on this CPU. You should just buy what you need as overspending on a CPU usually yields low returns.

Here's a nice article from toms hardware in review of this CPU (ignore portions regarding integrated graphics):

https://www.tomshardware.com/news...00f-review

I especially like this part:

"The 11600K, last-gen's fastest Core i5, was only 3.5% faster than the stock Core i3-12100, but overclocking the 12100's memory narrowed that to 1.4%."

As far as motherboards go, 12th gen motherboards offer features not found in any AMD boards or older platforms - not to mention they have levelled off in pricing. The performance to dollar ratio is good at this point for 12th gen.
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wow it comes with a fan. how cool!
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It doesn't seem like a particularly good deal to me...
1) the 12400 is a pretty decent upgrade from this CPU for about 50$. To overclock this CPU you need a motherboard with an additional clock gen. This means more than 300$ for the motherboard... so no OC.
2) motherboard for DDR4 your best bets are around 110-120$ or more.

considering the net system cost, an extra 50$ for a upgraded CPU is a no brainer in my opinion...
consider PSU, case, SSD, memory etc as fixed costs.
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It's never worth not getting top of the line CPU due to mobo cost. If you could get mobos for 50 bux, then this kind of crap might be worth it.
what type of reasoning is this?
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what type of reasoning is this?
Common sense type
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It doesn't seem like a particularly good deal to me...
1) the 12400 is a pretty decent upgrade from this CPU for about 50$. To overclock this CPU you need a motherboard with an additional clock gen. This means more than 300$ for the motherboard... so no OC.
2) motherboard for DDR4 your best bets are around 110-120$ or more.

considering the net system cost, an extra 50$ for a upgraded CPU is a no brainer in my opinion...
consider PSU, case, SSD, memory etc as fixed costs.
You won't be able to OC a 12400 without buying a Z-series chipset motherboard either, and the standard 12400F is already $75 more unless you find it at Microcenter. If you're looking to OC on any other motherboard besides the Z690, the unlocked 12600k is $275 PLUS a cooling solution.

This CPU really isn't made to overclock. It's made for efficiency and performance right out of the box. If you want to OC, you should be buying a K processor and a Z690 board. Both of which don't speak to the budget user, which this is targeted towards.

This is a $100 8-thread quad-core underrated powerhouse, that'll run an office PC and budget gaming PC no sweat. A good h610 motherboard can be had for $90 (MSI, Gigabyte), making for an excellent value for the performance.
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This is the best gaming budget CPU for the price to performance. One of the major problems with the I5 platform is that you need at minimum a 139+$ B660 motherboard because the lower end options have a regulation problem regarding CPU voltage which messes with CPU clock speeds with I5' 12th gen CPU's as indicated in the Hardware unboxing videos. They found this issue when he did a big overview of the cheaper 12th gen motherboards. With the I3-12100, you circumvent these issues with the lower end motherboards.
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