Which i5 is the most bang for the buck?

Which i5 (Ivy Bridge) CPU is "the most bang for the buck"? Or are they all pretty equal $/performance?
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  1. 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.
  2. this baby packs a punch at this price i5-3350p with the $15 promo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116782&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. So in short, 3570k for overclocking and 3350P for 'vaalue'? Sounds good.
  6. 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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