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July 8, 2012 5:16:10 AM

is i5 2500k good ? because of budget please tell me any other i5 series which is good for gaming..

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July 8, 2012 5:18:10 AM

The 2500K is great for gaming. In fact its the best bang for buck gaming CPU. I have one and don't regret it.
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July 8, 2012 5:20:35 AM

what is your budget? i5 2400 is good too.
almost any sandy bridge (save 2390t may be :p ) or ivy bridge i5 is good for gaming. the advantage of 2500k is that it has unlocked multiplier which allows it to be overclocked.
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July 8, 2012 5:23:42 AM

jhonsm007 said:
is i5 2500k good ? because of budget please tell me any other i5 series which is good for gaming..


Well, in India the i5 is not really budget :p  The 2500K costs around Rs. 12,700/- !!

You better buy a cheaper i5 2300; and don't worry, its plenty fast for gaming too :)  In case money is a serious issue, then an i3 2120 also will not disappoint.

PS:- The 2500 is cheaper and has the same speed as the 2500K, but u can't overclock it :) 
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July 8, 2012 5:36:52 AM

2500K is still very excellent for gaming.
If you don't overclock than even, as mentioned, the alternatives (i3's, i5-2310 [yes its real, clocked a tad higher than the i5-2300 and at the same price] and the i5-2400) are all good. At the moment, Intel is on top of the upgrade path with their new motherboards, the Z77's. Just look into it.
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July 9, 2012 11:23:51 AM

i dont want overclock my pc so any one tell me should i buy i5 2500k or any other model is sufficient?
need for gaming and budget is $200
i am from india so please tell me rates as per sold in india..
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July 9, 2012 11:38:19 AM

The 2500k has come down some in price, but so has the 3570. With a non K cpu, you can go with a less expensive board such as the B75 chipset. Get your total budget in place before you decide.
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July 9, 2012 11:46:58 AM

If you're not going to overclock, an Ivy Bridge processor is slightly preferable to a Sandy Bridge one. IB has trouble managing the heat from extreme OCs, which can allow a highly-overclocked SB to catch up even though it has slightly worse instructions per clock (IPC). But if you're not OCing, IB > SB at the same stock clocks (and it uses a little less power, too, which is nice).

So I'd probably consider a 3550 if I were you. But context matters here--is this for gaming or something else? what's the total budget you have? etc.
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July 9, 2012 1:30:29 PM

No harm getting the i5 2500K even if you are not interested in overclocking presently. It is one of the best all round desktop CPU's till date. Furthermore, its within your budget. And the overclock friendliness is sure to come in handy at some point in your system's lifetime.
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July 12, 2012 2:01:32 PM

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