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Phenom II X4 965 Or Intel Core i5 2500k

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September 5, 2011 11:22:34 PM

I am trying to build a budget gaming computer and I don't know what CPU I should get. I have been looking at the phenom because it is cheaper but I have heard that the i5 was much better. I plan on running higher end games.
Also if it matters the video card I am running is an AMD Radeon HD 6870.

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September 5, 2011 11:30:41 PM

Yea the 2500K is a huge step up from a Phenom II. If you want the system to last, go for the i5.
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September 5, 2011 11:34:41 PM

jimmysmitty said:
Yea the 2500K is a huge step up from a Phenom II. If you want the system to last, go for the i5.

Okay thanks, but would I be fine going with the 2300k? or the 2400k etc. ?
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September 6, 2011 12:00:05 AM

There is no 2300K or 2400K, just a 2300 or 2400. And for gaming, yes. But if you want to overclock then you want to go with the 2500K.
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September 6, 2011 12:37:13 AM

You should spend the extra money and definitely get the i7 2500k along with a cheap aftermarket heatsink. Just an average overclock on the 2500k could yield 30-40% more performance, since you could easily get to 4.5ghz from 3.3ghz.

The 2500k is also about 40% faster than the Phenom II clock for clock, and the PHII can only reach about 4ghz with a cheap aftermarket, so the performance is definitely better.

You will only have to upgrade the graphics card for future games(it works well right now), the i5 will last for quite a long time at the rate things are going.
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