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I5-3550 vs i5-3570k For Gaming

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June 16, 2012 6:00:23 PM

Hey all! I am getting a new computer, decided to go with the i5, 12GB ram DDR3 1600mhz, 600-700W power supply, got the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC at 1khz/1200 (might get that more later on) and a SATA 3 1TB 7200RPM/64MB.
This will be my rig for gaming, but I really don't know what to get, the i5-3550 vs i5-3570k. Theyr really close, the price diff is only $30 but I don't know if it's better for gaming. Please help :) 
Also, if I can get any improvment for my comp let me know please :) 
Have a good day/night

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June 16, 2012 6:18:33 PM

well, for overclocking go with the 3570k forever ultra gaming!!
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June 16, 2012 6:28:08 PM

why 12Gb, you're on dual channel so that 4+4+2+2, should be 8 or 16, personally 8 and 3570K
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June 16, 2012 6:30:02 PM

They offer no extra performance at stock. But the 3570K is able to be overclocked, giving you sometimes huge improvements.

If you plan to overclock, get the 3570K. If not, then go with the 3550. If you aren't sure, go with the 3570K, so that in the future, you can overclock.
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June 16, 2012 6:30:46 PM

12gb is a strange size for a sandy/ivy motherboard. It sounds like a X58 kit which will be the wrong voltage.
No games use more than 2-3gb by themselves. 8gb is plenty as a rule for gaming.
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June 16, 2012 6:30:55 PM

12GB 'coz it comes stock with 4Gb and I am adding two more 4GB to have more than 8GB, and I don't think I'll be overclocking the i5. Mainly 'coz I don't know how.
geofelt, no idea what you said :ange:  but I have a DDR2 right now with 2GB when I bought it, so I think I preffer buying the ram now :D 
13thmonkey, what do you mean? Sorry I'm a noob when it comes to computers :o 
Sorry :cry: 
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June 16, 2012 6:32:36 PM

learn it here! think first
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June 16, 2012 6:32:37 PM

in which case you'll have 8 Gb on dual channel and 4 Gb on single channel if you are lucky, you may find that it forces all 12Gb to single channel.
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June 16, 2012 6:36:00 PM

xtreme5 said:
learn it here! think first


Someone linked me the prosedure, but I got no idea where I get to that menu for OC :p 
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June 16, 2012 6:38:39 PM

advanced in uefi, and then it depends on the mobo
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June 16, 2012 6:41:23 PM

taltool24198 said:
Someone linked me the prosedure, but I got no idea where I get to that menu for OC :p 

first get the cpu then start overclocking guide.
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June 16, 2012 6:44:27 PM

taltool24198 said:
12GB 'coz it comes stock with 4Gb and I am adding two more 4GB to have more than 8GB, and I don't think I'll be overclocking the i5. Mainly 'coz I don't know how.
geofelt, no idea what you said :ange:  but I have a DDR2 right now with 2GB when I bought it, so I think I preffer buying the ram now :D 
13thmonkey, what do you mean? Sorry I'm a noob when it comes to computers :o 
Sorry :cry: 

What is "it" that comes stock with 4gb?

Exactly what motherboard do you have, or are considering?

DDR2 and DDR3 ram are incompatible. You need DDR3 for ivy bridge.

There is nothing wrong with extra ram. But, do not assume that different ram kits will work properly together.
Ram vendors will only support single kits of supported ram for a particular motherboard.
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June 16, 2012 6:47:21 PM

"It" is the computer base setup from the store.
I don't know yet.
I am buying a new comp, throwing the old one in the trash. The new one comes with DDR3 4GB, and I will add 8 more of those. From the same vendor.
Also, I am not sure I will overclock.. It's dangerous, isn't it? And I am not really that into computers, just wana play BF3 while runnig fraps on ultra :p 
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June 16, 2012 6:48:45 PM

12 is a bad number. Dual channel allows two sticks to be accessed at the same time, single channel will be slower, hence ensuring dual channel is used is best.

how to oc will depend on your mobo too much without that we can't help, but it is easy, i have never OC'd before I got my 3570K, and i'm at 4.3Ghz with no effort.
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June 16, 2012 6:51:26 PM

guys just let him to buy the 12gb memory it is depend on his own mind nothing is gonna to be happen with more ram.
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June 16, 2012 6:52:57 PM

13thmonkey said:
12 is a bad number. Dual channel allows two sticks to be accessed at the same time, single channel will be slower, hence ensuring dual channel is used is best.

how to oc will depend on your mobo too much without that we can't help, but it is easy, i have never OC'd before I got my 3570K, and i'm at 4.3Ghz with no effort.


Is 8GB enough? If not I will buy 8 more GB later on, I guess
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June 16, 2012 6:54:31 PM

geofelt said:
What is "it" that comes stock with 4gb?

Exactly what motherboard do you have, or are considering?

DDR2 and DDR3 ram are incompatible. You need DDR3 for ivy bridge.

There is nothing wrong with extra ram. But, do not assume that different ram kits will work properly together.
Ram vendors will only support single kits of supported ram for a particular motherboard.


taltool24198 said:
Is 8GB enough? If not I will buy 8 more GB later on, I guess

yes, 8gb is alot enough for everything you want.
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June 16, 2012 6:56:47 PM

+1, 8Gb is plenty unless you have a specific need for more
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June 16, 2012 6:56:57 PM

xtreme5 said:
yes, 8gb is alot enough for everything you want.

And is it safe enough to overclock?
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June 16, 2012 6:57:45 PM

taltool24198 said:
And is it safe enough to overclock?

indeed.
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June 16, 2012 6:59:46 PM

xtreme5 said:
indeed.

To what level?
4.4? 4.2?
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June 16, 2012 7:12:28 PM

4.2 is easy and v safe, 4.3 is easy if you are lucky, 4.4 getting tougher... but 4.3 is about 4.6 sandybridge so is plenty for any normal purpose
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June 16, 2012 7:16:57 PM

haha! You're completely NOOB, those are the cpu overclocking frequencies, not the ram you can overclock it to 1866mhz, 2133, 2400 and 2800 but it depend on the memory kit, look for G.Skill ripjaws x series 2x8gb ddr3 1600mhz.

Basically there is no need to overclock the ram you really can't notice the difference between 1600mhz vs 2133mhz.
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June 16, 2012 7:20:02 PM

xtreme5 said:
haha! You're completely NOOB, those are the cpu overclocking frequencies, not the ram you can overclock it to 1866mhz, 2133, 2400 and 2800 but it depend on the memory kit, look for G.Skill ripjaws x series 2x8gb ddr3 1600mhz.

Basically there is no need to overclock the ram you really can't notice the difference between 1600mhz vs 2133mhz.


Troll? Never met one of those! :o 
Jk..
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June 16, 2012 7:23:33 PM

you were talking about ram overclocking aren't you?
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June 16, 2012 7:30:52 PM

it was the choice bwteen k and non-k therefore I assume cpu OC.
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June 17, 2012 11:35:46 AM

13thmonkey said:
it was the choice bwteen k and non-k therefore I assume cpu OC.

Yup
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