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Best bang for buck CPU

OK so I recently got the r9 270x and now I want to get a better CPU. I currently have the Intel Pentium G850. I've been looking and I was thinking about the i5 3570k. But it's balls out expensive and it doesn't look like there's a huge difference --> ( http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-G850-vs-Intel-Core-i5-3570K ) I do need a CPU for the LGA 1155 socket cause that's what I have on my MB. So what would you people recommend? My main frustration with my current CPU is stuttering when loading lots of chunks in minecraft. I want to spend as little as possible but still get a noticeable difference in loading stuffs. Thanks!
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    This is a great option for your r9 270x:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $179.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Great improvement over a Intel Pentium G850.
  2. What is your current motherboard?
  3. filippi said:
    This is a great option for your r9 270x:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $179.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Great improvement over a Intel Pentium G850.


    Looks good. I like that it's cheaper than the 3570k. Do you know how they compare performance-wise?
  4. logainofhades said:
    What is your current motherboard?


    ASUS P8 Z77-v LK
  5. Minecraft, how much ram do you have? That can make a huge difference in that particular game.

    3470 or the 3570, whichever one you can find on sale or with a decent rebate somewhere.
  6. I would go with this. You get i7 3770 performance for just a few dollars more than a 3570k. You won't need to worry about a CPU for quite some time then. You might need a bios update first.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $226.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_LK/HelpDesk_CPU/
  7. With that motherboard, the 3570k is an option, then you can overclock for about a 20% performance gain.

    Per core, not that much faster then what you have, but there are twice as many cores, more cache, and higher base clock speeds.
  8. Eximo said:
    Minecraft, how much ram do you have? That can make a huge difference in that particular game.

    3470 or the 3570, whichever one you can find on sale or with a decent rebate somewhere.


    I have 8 GB. Apparantley only 1 GB is allocated by default though? I'll mess with that and probably get the i5 3470. Thanks everybody.
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