What CPU is better for the money?

1-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

2-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

3-AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

I will be using them to play BF3, Cod, recording and editing.I will not be overclocking.
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  1. If you overclock to the max I5 2500K but at stock and mild overclock the I5 3570K! Both better than the FX.
  2. Hi :)

    AMD 1100T...

    All the best Brett :)
  3. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    AMD 1100T...

    All the best Brett :)

  4. Might as well grab an i7-2600 or 3770! :sad:
  5. amuffin said:

    Hi :)

    I saw them on sale yesterday at £125 for the BE.... thats huge value... for a genuine 6 core thats overclockable...

    All the best Brett :)
  6. That's in the UK, not USA :)
  7. For gaming, I'd get the i5-3570 if not overclocking much, 2500k if ya wanna overclock above 4.4 - 4.5 GHz.

    For your other uses, HT gonna come in handy, again i7-3770 if not overclocking much, 2700k if above 4.5 - 4.5 GHz

    2600k really has lost its niche with the 2700k being so close in price.

    Might wanna read

  8. The 2500K and 3570K are comparable, so far as value goes. The 3570K is a bit stronger, clock for clock, but it is also a bit more expensive.

    The FX-8120 is ok for editing, where lots of cores are good. But it is a real disappointment for gaming, where stronger cores are more important.

    You may not plan to OC a "K", but do keep that option open. It is very easy to improve your performance by 20%.
  9. Is this a good CPU?
    AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX
  10. Worse than the FX8120!
  11. 1100t has 2 idle cores when gaming (if in fact the game even uses 4)so props to AMD for making a six core...

    I'd just get the 2500k it's a proven processor that can stand its ground against IVY bridge and is a great overclocking CPU.
  12. what is the best AMD processor?
  13. Maxwh2o said:
    what is the best AMD processor?

    For gaming, the best amd cpu is probably a phenom X4 975 BE chip @$150. It is similar in performance to the cheaper i3-2120:
    It turns out that bulldozer was a disappointment for gamers.
    On tom's latest article, on the best gaming cpu's for the money, there are NO winners at any price point for AMD.

    If you have multi threaded apps that can use 8 cores, and that is your main interest, then bulldozer is more competitive.
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