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New build: Intel Core i5 2500 vs 3570 (both non-k) - Which one to get?

Hi. I am asking again the Tom's community for help. Originally I was going to get an Ivy Bridge processor, but when I saw how much the 2500 cost, I am having second thoughts.

In our local currency, the cheapest I can shell out for a brand new 3570 non-k would be around $204, while the 2500 non-k is around $140. I have the AsRock Z77 Pro3 motherboard already.

I am not going to overclock (I might in a few years, but not so soon), and I'll be pairing this with an Inno3D GTX 760 iChiLL version, so which one should I get?

I'll use this rig mostly for gaming, with occasional Maya 3D redering projects for school, audio mixing, and some other stuff.
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  1. a 2500 at 140 bux is the better value in this case. the performance will be marginally less (but within 5%) but costs 30% less. as for overclocking later you would have to buy a K part as the none K dont oc, but still it has turbo which is enough for most people.
    cooling. the 2500 still gets warm on stock cooling but not as warm as the 3570 so investing in a 3rd party cooler is wise if you want to run the system quietly.
  2. HEXiT said:
    a 2500 at 140 bux is the better value in this case. the performance will be marginally less (but within 5%) but costs 30% less. as for overclocking later you would have to buy a K part as the none K dont oc, but still it has turbo which is enough for most people.
    cooling. the 2500 still gets warm on stock cooling but not as warm as the 3570 so investing in a 3rd party cooler is wise if you want to run the system quietly.


    yeah, I was looking into either the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or one of Corsair's Hydro series closed loop liquid coolers, even if I don't OC.

    I also found out just now, that the 2500 i5 I saw selling for $140 is an OEM-edition - meaning it has no stock cooler, just the processor itself. I did some research on it and I found out that it's the kind of processor shipped in with prebuilt systems. Haven't bought it yet, but should I be wary?
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    unless your goona get a dual fan/ 240+ mm rad water cooler you may as well get the hyper as you will get the same cooling results for way less money
    a single fan rad would have little real benefit in your build but would cost x2 more.

    i would suggest however you buy a decent quiet fan for the hyper as its fan can be noisy.
  4. HEXiT said:
    unless your goona get a dual fan/ 240+ mm rad water cooler you may as well get the hyper as you will get the same cooling results for way less money
    a single fan rad would have little real benefit in your build but would cost x2 more.

    i would suggest however you buy a decent quiet fan for the hyper as its fan can be noisy.


    agreed, thanks. I got the 3570k anyways, seems like I wanted to overclock after all. next year, most likely.

    for cooling, i just stuck into getting the air cooling solution seeing as it is much cheaper and generally more peope recommend it. i was about to get a hyper 212, but it is currently sold out. the shop i went to even told me it was phased out already (NOOOOO)

    but then I got another alternative. I was about to reluctantly get a DeepCool Gammax that looks almost like the 212, I stumbled on another shop selling CM Hyper 103s. Without hesitation, i bought 2 of 'em right away (i was suddenly tasked in building 2 desktop PCs).
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