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June 3, 2012 5:41:54 PM

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

2-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3-AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be using them to play BF3, Cod, recording and editing.I will not be overclocking.

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June 3, 2012 5:46:23 PM

If you overclock to the max I5 2500K but at stock and mild overclock the I5 3570K! Both better than the FX.
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June 3, 2012 7:06:43 PM

Hi :) 

AMD 1100T...

All the best Brett :) 
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June 3, 2012 7:14:37 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

AMD 1100T...

All the best Brett :) 

NOPE!
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June 3, 2012 7:25:05 PM

why get a K series CPU if you don't OC? either intel would give you better performance then the AMD FX or phenom II x6.
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June 3, 2012 7:27:19 PM

Might as well grab an i7-2600 or 3770! :sad: 
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June 3, 2012 7:44:11 PM

amuffin said:
NOPE!



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 :) 
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June 3, 2012 7:45:31 PM

That's in the UK, not USA :) 
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June 3, 2012 7:54:05 PM

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

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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June 3, 2012 7:58:15 PM

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%.
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June 3, 2012 8:28:42 PM

Worse than the FX8120!
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June 3, 2012 8:28:46 PM

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.
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June 3, 2012 8:38:26 PM

what is the best AMD processor?
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June 3, 2012 8:56:24 PM

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:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...
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.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

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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