I5-3570k v i7-2600k v i7-2700k, my first PC build

Hey guys,

I hope this is the right forum for this. I'm doing my first ever PC build and I'm looking to spend £170-£230 on a processor. I want as fast a processor as possible with a view to gaming. I'm initially intending to run the processor in stock form and then overclock later in the year with a cpu cooler etc. What would you recommend in terms of these 3 processors:

i5-3570k £178 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RMH1R4/ref=asc_df_B007RMH1R49576086?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=kelkoo-ce-delta-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22210&creativeASIN=B007RMH1R4

i7-2600k £230 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NOQ/ref=asc_df_B004FA8NOQ9576086?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=kelkoo-ce-delta-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22210&creativeASIN=B004FA8NOQ

i7-2700k £232 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005X55OR6/ref=asc_df_B005X55OR69576086?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=kelkoo-ce-delta-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22214&creativeASIN=B005X55OR6

Are the second two worth the higher price? Is the overclocking potential good? Are there any other similar processors you'd recommend over these?

Also I'm struggling to find places better priced than amazon, if you know of anywhere where I could get these cheaper then let me know.

Thanks
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  1. OC potential is amazing for each one of those chips! However, if your purpose for your rig is pure gaming, I would recommend going for the i5 3570k. It's not worth getting an i7 due to the Hyperthreading and extra cost; games just don't utilise it yet.

    **EDIT**
    On a side note, here's a cheaper i5 3570k for you - http://www.cclonline.com/product/73989/BX80637I53570K/CPUs/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-3-4GHz-Processor-6MB-L3-Cache-5GT/s-Bus-Speed-Boxed-/CPU0102/?siteID=8BacdVP0GFs-2S2mPlH6_e4r766jIepjmA

    You can find more prices on this site - http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/ Most people use it to make a parts list, however, it's really convenient to find the lowest prices as well :lol:
  2. +1 to everything mocchan said. Go with the 3570k and save $100. For gaming, even the 3570k stock will be plenty of power, overclocking isn't really necessary as your GPU will always be the bottleneck until you get into something like 690 SLI.
  3. Thanks for the responses. I had a feeling that would be the answer, I'll put the extra £50 towards a better GPU.
  4. PoisonousPineapple said:
    Thanks for the responses. I had a feeling that would be the answer, I'll put the extra £50 towards a better GPU.

    Great choice! When building a gaming rig, if you have the choice between an i7+Mid-range GPU, or i5+High-end GPU, always go for the i5 :lol: compromising a little bit for your GPU will give you the best results IMO.
  5. i5 2500k + the best gpu(s) you can buy will give you the best gaming performance.
  6. esrever said:
    i5 2500k + the best gpu(s) you can buy will give you the best gaming performance.
    +1
  7. Go Sandybridge.
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