> As Aaron is likely to be doing tasks that make use of more than 2 cores (such as
> compiling) then the dual core i3 *really* isn't going to cut it, you're literally
> doubling the time it takes to perform such tasks with that option. There are even
> MAME drivers that make good use of more than 2 cores so it's not really a good
> option, especially not if you want something reasonably futureproof.
The good news is that the Coffee Lake i3s have 4 cores (the i5 and i7 have 6), so you can get a true quad-core Intel CPU for under $130 now.