Originally Posted by assassin
He's talking about using the $50 off a motherboard as the "savings".
If your building a HTPC and need a motherboard too.
An Asrock Z77 for instance ends up being only $39 (normally $89) making the combo price pretty attractive since the i5 is only $179. 179+39= $220
In contrast most i3's online run $99-$120 and most motherboards are $80-$100 and the total net cost is about the same if your just going on Newegg and buying a motherboard and i3 CPU.
As assassin pointed out- for $80 special the i3 begins to show a nice value for someone who does not need the power of the i5, saving $50.
That is my mental spot too.
For $50 saved- sure the i3 makes perfect sense.
It's more than enough and you save $50.
But saving less than $50 you might as well get the beasty i5 IMO.
It's certainly worth $10 or $20....