Best i5 CPU For Gaming + Overclocking

Hello everyone, I need to decide on which intel i5 processor to get (for gaming of course). I don't think I'm going to overclock, so I need to know about the best affordable i5 processor.

However, if I do overclock, reliable i5 should I get then? (3570k?). But before I overclock, I need to know a few things:
1. Is there any side effects or extra/special components required for over locking a CPU.
Is it required that I overclock my gpu along with my CPU.
3. Does overclocking have a noticeable performance boost during gaming? (E.g frame rate, game loading speed, etc.)
Thanks in advance!
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  1. to add onto the other poster
    you need the right motherboard to go with the cpu (3570k + lga 1155 and 4570k + lga 1150)
    you don't need to overclock your graphics card if you overclock your cpu they're different things and overclocking affects cpu intensive games more
  2. avilash98 said:
    Ol' Of course its the i5 3570k for the older ports 1155 and for the newer ones 1150 you get the i5 4670k...
    >>No sideeffects, except the general thumb rule that OCing reduces lifetime of anything.
    >>And for OCing you will definitely need a Non-Stock cooler with a good thermal paste.
    >>Not particularly that you will need to OC your GPU for that.
    >>Personally my stock speed is 3.5 ghz (i7 3570k), OCd it once to 4.2 and I did not see "noticeable"(depends how you define it) change. With Absolution it was just 4 to 5 FPS max and that data also is not accurate. So i personally don't advise you OCing. Stock Speeds work it quite well with me.


    Thanks man, I'm not going to OC then :)
  3. avilash98 said:
    Ol' Of course its the i5 3570k for the older ports 1155 and for the newer ones 1150 you get the i5 4670k...
    >>No sideeffects, except the general thumb rule that OCing reduces lifetime of anything.
    >>And for OCing you will definitely need a Non-Stock cooler with a good thermal paste.
    >>Not particularly that you will need to OC your GPU for that.
    >>Personally my stock speed is 3.5 ghz (i7 3570k), OCd it once to 4.2 and I did not see "noticeable"(depends how you define it) change. With Absolution it was just 4 to 5 FPS max and that data also is not accurate. So i personally don't advise you OCing. Stock Speeds work it quite well with me.


    So now, should I go with the 3570k or 4670?
  4. if you aren't going to oc then 4670 cause it has a higher stock clock speed
  5. the 3570k can oc slightly higher, the 4670 is faster per clock. so once overclocked, not a lot of difference. The difference comes if you want to go into de-lidding the cpu cap, and applying new thermal paste, then you can OC a lot more on both cpu's. I have mine at 4ghz with only a hyper tx3, 4.3-4.5 ghz is normally good for a hyper 212, people can get near 5ghz on air with good temps after delidding.
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