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2500k with geforce gtx 680 or 3570k with geforce 560 ti

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May 24, 2012 6:33:19 PM

Hi, ive been looking for a computer to deal with gaming 100% of the time. I'm wondering which of these builds is better. I've looked at the other topics about these processors but was not sure about if the information applies to my situation in only wanting gaming power.

i5 2500k with a geforce gtx 680 or

i5 3570k with a geforce gtx 560 ti which is 200 pound cheaper.

I know the graphics might be worse on the 560 ti but I'm wondering how much the processor makes up for it. I've never overclocked so I wont understand any advice about that. --though i might look into it at some point.
May 24, 2012 6:38:49 PM

go for the 2500k and 680.

May 24, 2012 6:40:45 PM

What will you use for a motherboard and PSU?
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May 24, 2012 6:41:58 PM

Ivy bridge is a very small improvement over Sandy Bridge not to mention Ivy is actually a bit worse overclockers due to heat. 2500K + 680 all the way.
May 24, 2012 6:49:47 PM

baddad said:
What will you use for a motherboard and PSU?
2500k is a Z68AP-D3 motherboard- didnt say a power supply on the website- worrying. and Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard with 750 Watt Branded Power Supply. hmm, wonder how upgradable those motherboards are.
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May 24, 2012 6:52:36 PM

2500K and 680. And if you're running at 1080p, you shouldn't really need to OC, anyway. It's hard to make a 2500K be the bottle neck.
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May 24, 2012 7:45:45 PM

the performance isn't too much between 2500k vs 3570k, but there is a massive performance from going to gtx 560ti to gtx 680.
no doubt 2500k + 680.
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May 24, 2012 8:09:42 PM

The Intel® Core™ i5-2500K and the GTX 680.
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May 24, 2012 8:21:57 PM

i7 3570K + eVGA 680 + MSI Z77-G65 (or Asus Sabertooth Z77). Throw-in a nice after market cooler. Yes, IB suffers from heat issues if you over clock. But, you should be fine as long as you do not overstep the line. General opinion is 4.2 - 4.5 (max) would keep the volts under control. As long as the volts do not exceed Intel's limit, you would be fine.

Pay $20, get your i5 3570K protected with Intel's amazing tuning protection plan
http://click.intel.com/tuningplan/.

May 24, 2012 11:09:59 PM

I;m confused.com the difference in price on the cpu's are about £10-20 and on the gpu's are like £200?? Why not get the 680 and the 3570??
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May 24, 2012 11:26:59 PM

the 680 is a waste of money, when you look at the 670's performance.. its so close as to be negligible but costs way way less.
the 2600k is also a better choice for general use... some newer games will benefit from hyperthreading. yes most games wont use it but its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it...
it will oc just as well and perform pretty much identically as the 3 series ivy because it can oc better and that little extra will close down any gap that there is performance wise...
so i would say neither...
get the 2600k and a gtx 670. overall your looking at pretty much the same performance but for less money overall...
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May 25, 2012 6:00:18 AM

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i7 3570K + eVGA 680 + MSI Z77-G65 (or Asus Sabertooth Z77). Throw-in a nice after market cooler. Yes, IB suffers from heat issues if you over clock. But, you should be fine as long as you do not overstep the line. General opinion is 4.2 - 4.5 (max) would keep the volts under control. As long as the volts do not exceed Intel's limit, you would be fine.

Pay $20, get your i5 3570K protected with Intel's amazing tuning protection plan
http://click.intel.com/tuningplan/.


No point in getting i7 2600K. If you really do not want IB, i7 2500K. Period.

However, the choice should be i7 3570K, GTX 670 (if not GTX 680) plus Intel's fine tune plan protection for $20.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8PFM


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May 25, 2012 7:24:06 AM

Wow, this is easy 2500K + 680, the difference between the 3570 and 2500k is closer to nothing, the difference between a 560ti and 680 is not even debateable.
May 25, 2012 7:46:52 PM

i found out that the same store for 50 pound more do an extra terror byte hard drive and have the gtx 680 with the i5 3570k. but if the 2500k is not much different to the 3570k then all im getting is the expanded harddrive right?
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May 25, 2012 7:55:20 PM

rowski said:
i found out that the same store for 50 pound more do an extra terror byte hard drive and have the gtx 680 with the i5 3570k. but if the 2500k is not much different to the 3570k then all im getting is the expanded harddrive right?


That combo sounds like a pretty good deal, actually. Which 1TB HDD is it?
May 25, 2012 7:56:33 PM

In the olden days a bigger hard drive would add to the performance of the computer. Is this still true? will a TB extra increase performance?
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May 25, 2012 8:00:24 PM

rowski said:
In the olden days a bigger hard drive would add to the performance of the computer. Is this still true? will a TB extra increase performance?


Not really, that's why I asked which 1TB HDD it is.
May 25, 2012 9:05:51 PM

its a 2tb Sata Hard Drive. The 1tb is also a Sata
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May 25, 2012 9:06:26 PM

rowski said:
its a 2tb Sata Hard Drive. The 1tb is also a Sata


What brand and model?
May 25, 2012 9:13:17 PM

both are S-ATA/300. didnt have any other info.
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May 25, 2012 9:17:12 PM

Hmm, that's strange. I really can't tell you if the 2TB drive is any faster, then. Even if it was, it wouldn't be MUCH faster, but it would be very helpful to know what RPM both drives are.

In any case, that deal sound pretty good, but if it's a slow drive, it's not so good. No info; no way of knowing.
May 25, 2012 9:18:12 PM

o thats the interface
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May 25, 2012 9:19:59 PM

Well, they're obviously gonna be SATA II or III, so that doesn't tell us much. SATA II (or SATA/300 as it's listed) is fine for HDD's though.
May 25, 2012 9:39:44 PM

excellent thanks!
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May 25, 2012 9:41:04 PM

No problem. :) 
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