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Sandy or Ivy i5 for new gaming build - $250

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May 13, 2012 8:45:46 PM

Anyone have a chart or knowledge on what I should get as my cpu. It's a fresh build with an old mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Using a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870.

I don't want to spend more than $250, and all I will be using this for will be casual internet and gaming (Guild Wars 2 as maxed out as possible). - I've heard the i5 2500k is good.

Thanks all for your help. Live long and prosper!

May 13, 2012 8:53:32 PM

You would need to upgrade your motherboard as well to use an i5. Theyre LGA 1155. Your board is 775, so it wont be compatible with the SB or IB i5s.

If you dont plan to overclock, you could grab an i5 2400 and a cheap MOBO for 250. That would still play any game, and never bottleneck the 6870.
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May 13, 2012 8:58:22 PM

Rats. Guess I know what to upgrade first then. You wouldn't happen to have any mobos in mind that pair well with an i5 and my Radeon HD 6870?

budget for a mobo would be ~ $150
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May 13, 2012 9:08:05 PM

Your budget is not enough for an i5.
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May 13, 2012 9:08:50 PM

I can't buy an i5 with $250? I didn't mean I needed an mobo + cpu all for under $250.
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May 13, 2012 9:09:43 PM

You never specified that...

Then go with an i5-2500k and one of the boards above.
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May 13, 2012 9:12:50 PM

Sorry, thought I did : )

any reason that an i5 2500k will be better than an i5 ivy-bridge? -other than being slightly cheaper? I appreciate the help!!
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May 13, 2012 10:46:26 PM

It runs cooler, btw did you know the i5-3570k only performs 3% faster on average? This really doesn't justify the amount of extra money being payed, when you can just overclock the 2500k!
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May 14, 2012 12:25:23 AM

amuffin said:
It runs cooler, btw did you know the i5-3570k only performs 3% faster on average? This really doesn't justify the amount of extra money being payed, when you can just overclock the 2500k!



Only 3% ??? Geez... Thanks Amuffin - you saved me some money!
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May 14, 2012 12:25:34 AM

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