Solved Which CPU Tags: CPUs Processors Last response: June 4, 2012 9:55 AM in CPUs Share marnu123 June 2, 2012 11:12:30 AM Hi I am going to upgrade this week and would like to know your opinion on the following CPU's. That said, I am on a very tight budget and mostly play games like ME 3. Which of the following is the best bang for buck. Intel® Core i5 2500 Processor - 3.30GHz, Socket 1155, 6MB L3, 2.0Gb/s DMI Interface - R1820 Intel® Core i5 3550 Processor - 3.30GHz 6MB Cache Socket 1155 - R1860 Intel® Core i7 3770 Processor - 3.40GHz 8MB Cache Socket 1155 - R2680 These are all in South African Rands. My GPU will be the GTX 550ti. Thanks More about : cpu o1die a c 158 à CPUs June 2, 2012 11:44:01 AM All will work fine; depends on the price. You'll need a good branded power supply if you plan on overclocking. The 2500K may run cooler when overclocked, but go with an aftermarket cooler if you do. randomkid a b à CPUs June 2, 2012 11:53:26 AM For gaming, you do not need the i7 3770. I recommend the i5 3550 for a small price premium, it performs better than the i5 2500. Related resources Which cpu cooler should I buy? - Forum CPU Temp is ~14c hotter than Core temps-- Which should I watch? - Forum Which is the best cpu - Forum GPU vs CPU ? Which route should I go? - Forum Building new computer, which i5 or i7 cpu is best? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer marnu123 June 2, 2012 11:55:55 AM I won't be overclocking at all. Acbel 600watt PSU will be used. I just want to get my money's worth WR2 a c 203 à CPUs June 2, 2012 11:57:16 AM Definitely no need to move up to the i7 2600/2700 or i7 3770 CPUs. The price difference between i5 is small but so is the difference in performance. Best bang for the rand should be i5-2500, especially if you get a good deal on a 6 series motherboard. marnu123 June 2, 2012 12:02:16 PM I am going with the Intel Z77 Spur lake which costs R1000 WR2 a c 203 à CPUs June 2, 2012 12:05:43 PM With the Z77 board already chosen I'd suggest getting the i5 3550 and paying the extra 40 rand. It's probably worth the 'bragging rights' to have an Ivy Bridge system. And I think you'll get the extra cost back when it's time to sell that system to buy your next major upgrade. marnu123 June 2, 2012 12:29:46 PM Now which is best. Sandy or Ivy? Best solution WR2 a c 203 à CPUs June 2, 2012 12:41:24 PM When THG reviewed Ivy Bridge they said "A Small Step Up For Ivy Bridge" http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-benchmar... And in summary they said "An Evolution That Makes Sense, But Doesn't Impress" If you read the whole review and consider than you won't be overclocking your system you could make a case that the IVB is slightly better. marnu123 June 2, 2012 1:03:43 PM Ok. thanks. I'll be getting my Ivy soon marnu123 June 4, 2012 9:55:20 AM Best answer selected by marnu123. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumQuestion about upgrading cpu (video editing + gaming) + which mobo ForumLGA 775 Upgrade to Which CPU ? ForumWhich cpu cooler ForumWhich one is the best cpu for heavy multitasker ForumWhich CPU cooling system should I use? ForumWhich CPU would be the fastest for my MOBO and is it worth it? ForumHow to know if which motherboards support CPU graphics? ForumWhich CPU should I buy? ForumWhich CPU is better for Gaming? ForumWhich intel cpu ? ForumWhich one buying new mobo and cpu ForumWhich cpu ForumOpinions and price of this PSU........... ForumWhich CPU cooler ForumWhich CPU should I get? 2600k, 2700k or 3770k More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !