Re: i3 540 core enough?
What current gen i5 or i7 are you going to get for the same price as an i3?
I do agree somewhat though, 1156 socket is pretty much dead for new builds.
Either get an i3 2100 (1155 socket), which is still a good chip, so you can upgrade later.
Or, if you've got a tight budget, go for an AMD FX-4100 or Phenom II X4 CPU.
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