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Which i5 is better for gaming?

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December 20, 2012 11:13:47 PM

I'm building a new PC and was wondering which of the i5 series was better. I'm stuck between 3570, 3570k, 2500 and 3470.

My build so far is here : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t1uh

My budget is about six hundred and I already have a PSU and a GTX 460 (I will eventually upgrade to a GTX 660)

Any thoughts or advice you can give would be great. Thank you!

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December 20, 2012 11:29:09 PM

any of those cpu's will be overkill for 460, even when u upgrade to 660 theyll be overkill more or less. so stick with the cheapest, unless you specifically need processing power.
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December 21, 2012 12:17:55 AM

Well I'll mostly use the pc for games like Skyrim, Vindictus, watching HD movies, writing, surfing the net and downloading stuff via Vuze.

But I also don't want to have to upgrade my CPU for a while. So would the 3470 be my best bet or should i spend the extra $15 and get the 2500k?

Just an idea but what is a good GPU for the 3570/K?

Or should I consider something from the i3 line?
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December 21, 2012 12:40:24 AM

not much choice if you want an OCable CPU on intel's side. i really can't recommend a 2500k this far into the year. no offense, it's still a fine choice, but only if you're living at a place where your choice is limited or it fits perfectly within your tight budget.

if you're not at all a big OCing kinda guy, the 3470 is a good option for the price. at least you saved up a bit to bring your plan to upgrade to a 660 (or maybe more) that much closer.
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December 21, 2012 1:55:06 AM

Hazle said:
not much choice if you want an OCable CPU on intel's side. i really can't recommend a 2500k this far into the year. no offense, it's still a fine choice, but only if you're living at a place where your choice is limited or it fits perfectly within your tight budget.

if you're not at all a big OCing kinda guy, the 3470 is a good option for the price. at least you saved up a bit to bring your plan to upgrade to a 660 (or maybe more) that much closer.


All right 3470 it is! Thank you both for your time!
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December 21, 2012 1:55:29 AM

Best answer selected by smoats.
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December 21, 2012 2:38:44 AM

If you want extreme overclocks the i5 2500k is the way to go, it is slower at stock speeds but it has no upper heat threshold and Sandy Bridges are much cooler compared to Ivy when OC'd, meaning you can go up to 5GHz and maybe even higher, whereas Ivy Will stop you cold at around 4.6.

If you want good stock performance the 3570 is good, if you want to save without losing too much performance the 3470 is the best choice IMO, it's the same except slightly slower base clock.

Good luck!
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