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What is the best CPU i can get for up to $250???
I want to get i5 3570k but if you have any suggestions please respond....
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  1. If this is for a gaming system I would go with the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K without a question. However if you are doing something like heavy media creation you might want to move up the Intel Core i7's due to how many of those applications use hyper-threading.

    If you are near a Microcenter you might be able to get an Intel Core i7-2600K or an Intel Core i7-3770K for around that price.
  2. ^ +1

    My local Microcenter currently has i7 2700k's for a mere $226 :) Definitely something you may want to consider if you are going to take advantage of extra threads.
  3. trum_0909 said:
    What is the best CPU i can get for up to $250???
    I want to get i5 3570k but if you have any suggestions please respond....


    If your gonna do anything that requires alot of cores and "hyper threading" check out the amd 83xx seires
  4. mocchan said:
    ^ +1

    My local Microcenter currently has i7 2700k's for a mere $226 :) Definitely something you may want to consider if you are going to take advantage of extra threads.

    What are some differences between i7 2700K and i5 3570k?
  5. Well I know that the i7's have little to no performance gain over the i5 in gaming. Also I hear sandy bridges (2700k) run cooler due to the die size or something like that, Ivy's (3570k) run a bit hot when you start to alter the voltages. Apart from gaming the 2700k beats the 3570k in a variety of things.
  6. IntelEnthusiast said:
    If this is for a gaming system I would go with the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K without a question. However if you are doing something like heavy media creation you might want to move up the Intel Core i7's due to how many of those applications use hyper-threading.

    If you are near a Microcenter you might be able to get an Intel Core i7-2600K or an Intel Core i7-3770K for around that price.

    Well its only for gaming, but what will serve me longer and still be powerful in couple years?
  7. trum_0909 said:
    Well its only for gaming, but what will serve me longer and still be powerful in couple years?


    Do you have a budget
  8. trum_0909 said:
    Well its only for gaming, but what will serve me longer and still be powerful in couple years?

    For strictly gaming, the i5 3570k will serve a better purpose.

    The differences between the i7 2700k and i5 3570k:

    1) i7 2700k is based on the Sandy Bridge Architecture while the i5 3570k is based off of the Ivy Bridge processor. Ivy Bridge is generally 7% faster clock-for-clock over Sandy Bridge

    2) The i7 2700k is an i7. This means that it features Hyperthreading while the i5 3570k does not. This will put it in an advantage over the i5 3570k for highly threaded applications such as photo/video editing. For gaming purposes, Hyperthreading will have no benefits.
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