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July 5, 2012 4:58:10 PM

alright i am not going to overclock it anyway , i am getting an h61 mb and am not ready to pay that much on a z77 mb :S
so i will be a hardcore gamer with some video editing and encoding
so which one should i get and again remember that i am getting h61 mb and will not overclock :) 
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2500
first i was planing to get a 3570k but the shop man told me to get the 2500 to be paired with the h61
i have gtx 670 and i want the pci 3 :3
so which one should i get ??

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July 5, 2012 6:00:37 PM
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There's no point getting a K chip if you aren't going to OC. I'd go for the 3550
July 5, 2012 6:05:14 PM

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There's no point getting a K chip if you aren't going to OC. I'd go for the 3550

so they have the same stock performance ?? and is 3550 good for gaming ?? and will it be good with the gtx 670 ??
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July 5, 2012 6:10:49 PM

If you want PCI-e 3 you need at least an Ivy Bridge CPU (so the 2500 is out of question)and a motherboard with at least a H77 chipset (I'm not sure if the top end Z68 support it but even if they do they will be expensive). Bear in mind that the GTX670 will work perfectly on a PCI-e 2.0 lane like the one on a H61 motherboard.

Regarding the CPU's it depends on how much you can/want to spend. Even without overclocking the 3570k is very good however,despite the lower clock speed, both the 3550 and the 3450 are probably good enough for you
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July 5, 2012 6:18:57 PM

There's a chance the Ivy will not work with an H61 board with a bios flash and most boards can't be flashed without a working CPU. Soo... if you go that route I'd make sure the mobo box has a sticker on it that says it works with Ivy (may be a bios revision number label). Or see if the store has a sandy on hand and will flash it for you.

The 2500 will be *very* roughly 10% slower than the 3550 (all depending on exactly what program you're talking about).

Either should be good with the 670 but note that if you're doing BF3 multiplayer you'll likely hit 100% on all the cores at times. Not sure if anyone has documented a noticable performance impact from it tho.

Also, PCI 3 (the 2500) is not really a big deal now but could be a bottleneck down the road depending on how long you intend to keep the machine.
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July 5, 2012 6:19:27 PM

Since you are also doing encoding, consider whether Quicksync might help you. If so, then get a. Z77 board, and the i5-3570K because it has Intel's HD4000 graphics, which will blow away the HD2500 in the i5-3550. Do you already have the GTX670? If not, consider whether or not its weakened compute performance also matters to you; you may be better served by a HD7950 or HD7870.
July 5, 2012 6:43:37 PM

i5 2500 since you are getting an H61 and not overclocking.
July 5, 2012 9:39:39 PM

Ironslice said:
i5 2500 since you are getting an H61 and not overclocking.

so u mean that this is the best one of those ?? :S
July 5, 2012 9:42:44 PM

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There's a chance the Ivy will not work with an H61 board with a bios flash and most boards can't be flashed without a working CPU. Soo... if you go that route I'd make sure the mobo box has a sticker on it that says it works with Ivy (may be a bios revision number label). Or see if the store has a sandy on hand and will flash it for you.

The 2500 will be *very* roughly 10% slower than the 3550 (all depending on exactly what program you're talking about).

Either should be good with the 670 but note that if you're doing BF3 multiplayer you'll likely hit 100% on all the cores at times. Not sure if anyone has documented a noticable performance impact from it tho.

Also, PCI 3 (the 2500) is not really a big deal now but could be a bottleneck down the road depending on how long you intend to keep the machine.

sorry but what do u mean with the 100% on all cores u mean the cpu will be slow in bf3 multiplayer ?? note that i am upgrading my pc especially for playing battlefield 3 online , so i want the best deal for it " from those that i mentioned above :D  " and ya there are gigabyte mb that support pci 3 and 22 nm 3rd intel gen cpu's
July 5, 2012 9:44:26 PM

i just want the best of those @ stock speeds , i don't care if it's locked or unlocked , till now i can find that 3570k is the best of all , am i right ?
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July 5, 2012 9:49:38 PM

I don't know if it will slow it down enough for you to "feel" it. Probably not. But yes, BF3 multi will push your CPU hard. I had to clock all cores to 3.8GHz (I need to check if it's Turbo-ing up to 3.9 - maybe someday) to keep it around 90% but it still goes to 100 when first loading a map.

Since you are looking down the road, could get 3570K with a Z77 board and use the stock cooler for a light overclock and pick up a better cooler later.
July 14, 2012 1:47:40 PM

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