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June 6, 2012 8:11:36 PM

Hey guys so my first question is regarding what processor would be better for gaming
the i5-2500k or the i5-3570k? what are the pros and cons of going with each?

The motherboard im planning on running this system is the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H with 8gb corsair vengeance 1600, WD caviar black 1TB and an OCZ ModXStream pro 600w power supply.

My second question is would a Radeon HD 7850 2gb be a good with either processor and other components? would it be bottlenecked? should i go for a higher or lower end GPU?

Thanks in advance look forward to hearing what you have to say.

y the way any input on the other components is very much welcomed.

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June 6, 2012 8:17:16 PM

dane6789 said:
Hey guys so my first question is regarding what processor would be better for gaming
the i5-2500k or the i5-3570k? what are the pros and cons of going with each?

The motherboard im planning on running this system is the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H with 8gb corsair vengeance 1600, WD caviar black 1TB and an OCZ ModXStream pro 600w power supply.

My second question is would a Radeon HD 7850 2gb be a good with either processor and other components? would it be bottlenecked? should i go for a higher or lower end GPU?

Thanks in advance look forward to hearing what you have to say.

y the way any input on the other components is very much welcomed.

It all depends. What if any components listed above to you already own, do you plan on leaving open the option for a second card, what is your screen resolution, and what is your budget for card, psu, board, etc... along with what country are you at.
June 6, 2012 8:20:56 PM

I would go for the 3570k, but it's up to you.
The 2500k is better for overclocking as you can easily OC to 4.5 Ghz, sometimes getting around 5 GHz with the right cooling, while the 3570k usually hits a point (4.2-4.5 GHz) where it simply won't OC anymore without causing a massive increase in temps. However, the 3570k is more energy-efficient, and is also faster per hertz (3570k @ 4.2=2500k @ 4.5)

A 7850 will be perfectly fine running on that PSU, and the only good price/performance upgrade from the 7850 is the GTX 670, which retails for $150 more, but if you can afford it, there will be a massive performance increase.
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June 6, 2012 8:44:45 PM

I do not own any of the components yet, its just a list of what im planning to buy. Dont think i would be getting a second card and screen resolution is still a mystery depending on how much money I have left but want at least 1080. Total budget is around 1000 USD and im from Honduras but plan on buying the parts from the US.
June 6, 2012 8:48:45 PM

Merueth said:
I would go for the 3570k, but it's up to you.
The 2500k is better for overclocking as you can easily OC to 4.5 Ghz, sometimes getting around 5 GHz with the right cooling, while the 3570k usually hits a point (4.2-4.5 GHz) where it simply won't OC anymore without causing a massive increase in temps. However, the 3570k is more energy-efficient, and is also faster per hertz (3570k @ 4.2=2500k @ 4.5)

A 7850 will be perfectly fine running on that PSU, and the only good price/performance upgrade from the 7850 is the GTX 670, which retails for $150 more, but if you can afford it, there will be a massive performance increase.


Lets say im not planning on doing much OC would the 3570k be a better choice in this case and would the 7850 be able to run games like skyrim at full res without over clocking it?
June 6, 2012 9:05:05 PM

dane6789 said:
Lets say im not planning on doing much OC would the 3570k be a better choice in this case and would the 7850 be able to run games like skyrim at full res without over clocking it?

If by full res you mean 1900x1200 or below, the 7850 handles Skyrim easily without any OC.
June 6, 2012 9:07:53 PM

Merueth said:
If by full res you mean 1900x1200 or below, the 7850 handles Skyrim easily without any OC.


So bottom line you would go with the 3570k right?
June 6, 2012 9:11:24 PM

dane6789 said:
Lets say im not planning on doing much OC would the 3570k be a better choice in this case and would the 7850 be able to run games like skyrim at full res without over clocking it?


Get the i5-3570K. Unless you really want to push the limits of OCing, which you don't sound like you want to do. The price difference isn't great. IB offers better future proofing (not like that holds a "ton" of weight in the computer world) and the only real advantage the SB has over the IB is it runs cooler.

Also, OCing the 7850, not that you necessarily need to, is very simple and you don't really need any aftermarket coolers like you would with a CPU.
June 6, 2012 9:18:31 PM

cranked said:
Get the i5-3570K. Unless you really want to push the limits of OCing, which you don't sound like you want to do. The price difference isn't great. IB offers better future proofing (not like that holds a "ton" of weight in the computer world) and the only real advantage the SB has over the IB is it runs cooler.

Also, OCing the 7850, not that you necessarily need to, is very simple and you don't really need any aftermarket coolers like you would with a CPU.


Thanks for the tip I plan on adding the hyper 212 evo by cooler master on to it just to give it that extra cooling right off the bat. I want to do some OCing but maybe down the line coz i really dont have any experience with it at all but still want to leave the door open to it. also plan on getting a better GPU aswell but have to save up some money for that.
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