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I5-2310 for Gaming for $165

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December 30, 2012 12:28:31 AM

Amazon is now selling an Intel i5-2310 processor for $165.

Is it worth it? Or would it be better to buy an i5-2500K or i5-3570K ($200). I am on a pretty tight budget. Also, would it bottleneck a GTX 660 Ti? I do not plan on overclocking, if any.

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December 30, 2012 1:06:09 AM

Get the i5-2310, its plenty fast, and ur not planning on OC'ing anyway :)  Sweet deal for the price, and no its not gonna bottleneck that 660 :) 

However, if you do plan to OC down the road, remember that even this "locked" i5-2310 can OC by 4 bins, ie, by upto 400MHz more. :D 
December 30, 2012 1:58:29 AM

wow... I got my i5-3570k @ microcenter for 169.99

I did order an i5-2500K at Microcenter online for $146 (shipping included) but they canceled my order because the listing was a mistake :/ 

And since no Fry's nor Microcenter store is located near me, I can't buy any of their deals in-store (Fry's has also canceled my i5-3570K and motherboard combo for $190).

God I hate getting my orders canceled.
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December 30, 2012 2:09:25 AM

Get the i5-3470 on amazon, it's 15$ more, but it's an ivybridge cpu, it's worth the extra $.
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December 30, 2012 6:17:13 AM

Get the i3-3220, it's great for gaming, will save you money so you can buy a 7870 or 7950. In gaming the GPU is almost always the bottleneck, so spend more on that.