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4.0 out of 5 stars Seems Like A Great Budget CPU for Mainstream PC, 3 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Intel Pentium G3420 Dual Core CPU Retail (Socket 1150, 3.20GHz, 3MB, 54W, Extended Memory 64 Technology, Execute Disable Bit) (Accessory)
I have been building primarily gaming PCs for over 10 years.

I have put this chip in a cheap Asrock motherboard on Windopws 8.1 64. It was to replace a Intel E6200 core 2 Duo on an Asus G41 chipset board that had done sterling service as a second gaming PC and HTPC for movies, streaming Netflix, music etc. It is paired with a HD 6700 Graphics card and a whole 4GB of DDR3 1333 ram pulled from that earlier build.

It is a noticeably faster set up. I have had no driver issues and Windows coped with the new motherboard and CPU without needing a fresh install. I just had to run some registry cleaners after installing the relevant chipset and other drivers for my motherboard.

I would recommend this to anyone after a mainstream budget PC that will play the latest games (when paired with a dedicated graphics card) at 1920 X 1080 resolution, play all your HD media content and do for general office, surfing.

If you want high end gaming performance you'll need to spend more on both graphics card and a more powerful processor but this is a zippy little chip with integrated graphics that are either there as backup (if your dedicated Graphics card fails) or will allow you to play games on low settings using the GPU on the processor.

The daughter is now getting the old Pentium and Asus G41 board which is still a capable combination for her "new" PC Facebook games and school work, You tube, Netflix etc.

I expect this G3240 to serve me well for 2-3 years and cost me about £25 as it will easily sell for £20-30 in a couple of years time.

I was tempted by the Socket 1155 versions of these pentium chips but was swayed by the newer tech and a confidence that any driver or board issues that might materialise with Haswell motherboards would be ironed out.

My main PC is Z77 board and i5 3570K Ivybridge and HD 7950 all overclocked by about 25% over stock.

Which comes to the only real downside I see with this chip = the lack of overclockability. Not an issue for me and probably not for you either.
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