Those people saying that are probably closed minded intel fanboys. Yes the i5 2500k is better than the 8120 but it is not going to bottleneck any GPU for years to come, and it will defintely not bottleneck a gtx 560. And also if you have several programs open that require 4+ Cores/Threads the AMD would be the right choice.
The i5 2500k will give you a small increase in all aspects except heavy multitasking because the 8120 actually has 4 cores and the i5 has more powerful cores but the 8120 has 8 threads so it will give you a boost in CPU demanding programs.
but, i looked at the cinebench of the fx8120, the single core has the score of 0.9 and my pentium dual core e6500 has a score of 0.75... does that mean i only get about 20% increased performance in games that run on for example only 1 core ?
I understand im getting a HUGE boost in bf3 and games like that, but still... how big of a boost is that from pentium dual core e6500 to fx8120...
also, i want to overclock it to 4.0ghz or so - will a hyper 212 evo cooler do ? with corsair 600w psu ? can it support the overclocking at decent temp ?
just went the way of an i5 2500k and a new z77 mobo and the old hyper 212 plus covers up one of my RAM slots..
The cooler itself totally does the job, great cooler, but if you are going to have "gaming ram" with high heatsinks or your RAM slots are close to your cpu make sure your cpu heatsink+fan is either short enough from your closest RAM slot or is tall enough to go over it.
'Aside from the 22nm processor support for Intel 'Ivy Bridge' processors there are a couple of other significant features with the Intel Z77 Express chipset. Much of the hype about the Intel Z77 chipset has to do with the integration of Intel's own SuperSpeed USB 3.0 into the chipset. When the Intel Z77 chipset is coupled with one of the new Intel 'Ivy Bridge' processors the PCIe x16 slots will be capable of running PCIe Gen 3 cards at full bandwidth. Previously PCIe Gen3 cards would run at PCIe Gen2 speeds. An addition to the Z77 chipset is the ability to run three graphics cards, albeit in an x8,x4,x4 configuration. The Intel Z68 and P67 chipsets were only capable of running two cards in an x8,x8 configuration. Both chipsets have the ability to run a single graphics card at x16, or dual cards at x8,x8. The natively supported memory speed has also been increased on the Intel Ivy Bridge platform. The initial Intel LGA1155 socket chipsets like the P67 and Z68 supported memory at 1333MHz, Ivy Bridge will support memory at 1600MHz natively! This hasn't exactly been an issue since all of the motherboards that we have come across since the initial iteration of the LGA1155 chipset have featured memory multipliers that allowed us to increase the speed of our memory. While the speed of the supported memory has been increased, the Intel Ivy Bridge platforms will still only support dual channel memory architecture.'
Is it worth it ? Does it give better performance (i get an aftermarket cooler and can OC) Also its 8 cores and im not only gaming, but video encoding, multitasking while gaming etc. Livestreaming and fraps video recording.
The hyper 212 evo is great but as Overuler said it will obstruct the ram slots make so make sure the mobo has enough space. The downside of the 8120 is that its sweet spot is when it is using 4+ cores so if you are just gaming and livestreaming and a few non intensive programs than the 8120 is not going to do well.
But note that you can overclock the 2500k on stock cooler with minimal problems.