( 4.7 Average / 16 Ratings )
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Sandy Bridge is still decent for entry-level gaming builds in 2017. Even so, this processor is too old to consider buying unless you're getting a significant discount on both it and its motherboard.
I decided on this CPU after some experience with a Phenom II X4 960T. I wanted to go the Intel route to see how it performed against the Phenom. Overall I was pretty happy but ultimately wished I would've ponied up for the i5.