What CPU is worth it for hardcore gaming???

Over the past few weeks ive been searching tons of information about processors that would satisfy my gaming needs. I need a processor that will be able to hand my computer build, and games such as skyrim and battlefield.

i dont want to spend a ton of money and would love to spend as little as possible, but i need something that'll work. Heres my build.


MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

GPU:HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

POWER:hec Zephyr MX 750 750W Peak Output ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

HARD DRIVE:HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

what would be the best/cheapest processir to run games like skryim battlfield 3 on 1080p max settings?
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  1. Bang for the buck would be I5 2500K and go well with your board.
    There are better PSU's than HEC!
  2. The Core i5-2500k is still the best bang for the buck especially if you are overclocking.

    If you think the i5-2500k is too expensive, then you can drop down to a i5-2300 or i5-2400, but then buying a mobo with a Z68 chipset kinda defeats the purpose of buying a CPU that cannot be overclocked beyond 300MHz.
  3. 2500K hands down.
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