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Intel Core i5 3570 upgrade. Good buy or not worth it?

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February 4, 2013 7:53:03 PM

I am upgrading my old Phenom II X6 1055T (running stock clocks) to a new Core i5 3570 (I did not get the "k" version because it was $30 more, and I dont intend to OC). I obviously upgraded the mobo and I also picked up a new XFX 7970 Black Edition, which is the main reason I decided to upgrade my CPU. I was worried about bottle-necking the GPU. I use the computer mostly for gaming (FPS games) I am also a graphic designer, so I also use Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc. quite often.

So was my upgrade justified or should I have waited? I just ordered it today so its not too late to return everything.
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February 4, 2013 9:43:28 PM

you'll love the upgrade. Enjoy!
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February 4, 2013 9:50:17 PM

its a very good CPU, more then enough performance for any game out there
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February 5, 2013 1:25:12 AM

The two key advantages of the 3570K over the 3570 are that the former has an unlocked multiplier for O/Cing and superior integrated graphics. Since you're planning to run at stock speed with a discrete graphics card, both advantages are moot in your case. Neither chip is a "bottleneck" for any current graphics card, so don't worry about that either.

In short, rest assured that you made the right choice and saved a few bucks in doing so!
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February 5, 2013 1:40:49 AM

Since you won't overclock and do a lot of graphics, why not go with fx 8350?!
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February 5, 2013 1:48:27 AM

if you wont overclock id recommand the 8350 tbh.

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February 5, 2013 3:17:53 PM

Since I can currently get the 3570 for just $10 more than the 8350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I think I will just stick with the i5. I would probably not notice much difference while gaming, but in everyday use I think the better value lies with the i5 setup. I think it will be a safe bet to handle the next 3 years or so of productivity and PC gaming.
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February 5, 2013 8:42:07 PM

sounds good :) 

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February 11, 2013 1:13:07 PM

Best answer selected by ryan5609.
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