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Which i5 is the most bang for the buck?

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March 23, 2013 1:24:24 PM

Which i5 (Ivy Bridge) CPU is "the most bang for the buck"? Or are they all pretty equal $/performance?

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March 23, 2013 1:31:52 PM

If you include overclocking, then the Core i5-3570k.
If not, the Core i5-3350P. It's the cheapest one, but only slightly slower. IMO the price gaps are bigger than the performance gaps.
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March 23, 2013 1:33:18 PM

this baby packs a punch at this price i5-3350p with the $15 promo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But for an i5 your looking at about a price bracket of 165-219. which is not much of a difference. If most ppl are looking for an if on budget they go with a i5-3470 at roughly 190.00 but then for like 30 dollars more you can get a 3570k.
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March 23, 2013 1:33:25 PM

Really depends. If you manage to overclock a 3570K to an obscene level then it is a clear winner.

Out of the box, the 3570K is bottom of the value pile because you pay extra for that facility. The rest are generally on a sliding scale, with the cheapest being the best value, more or less.

If you are just looking at out-of-the-box performance, then you can make a case for the 3350P or 3450/3470 as the best bang for buck (3350P is cheapest, but 3450/3470 have a few small advantages which can make them worth the small amount of extra money).
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March 23, 2013 1:53:25 PM

Core i5 3570K.With plenty of performance, top notch overclocking capability and enough horsepower to run any game you throw at it, the choice is a no brainer.If you do not plan on overclocking then get Core i5 3470.

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March 23, 2013 1:56:06 PM

So in short, 3570k for overclocking and 3350P for 'vaalue'? Sounds good.
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March 23, 2013 7:57:50 PM

The i5 3570K or 3470. As stated by bigcyco1 it has a great overclocking potential (3570K) and plenty of power. The 3570K and 3470 are the best bang for the buck in the i5 Series and even the whole iX series.
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