It all depends what you're trying to do. We use Pentiums in our entry level servers, as for a NAS-type box they're more than enough and the extra $30 would be better spent on RAM, or saved. Again, for an entry-level office PC that's just going to be running Word, Outlook and a browser, why spend the extra. Yes the price difference isn't that much, but why spend it if you don't need to? Intel already have enough money!
I agree. Then again, if you really don't need the power, then why not just go with the Sandy Bridge Celeron for $35?http://microcenter.com/product/398335/C ... _Processor
I'm still considering building a system with that part. Just so tempting. But the rest of the system costs $$$ too.
Incidentally, MicroCenter's price of the i3-3225 has dropped $10 already since I bought it. It is now only $119.99 which is only $10 more than the i3-3220. So basically $10 upgrades you from HD 2500 to HD 4000. Crazy.