Better cpu for gaming?

I had a suggestion saying i should get an i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz, and was wondering if its worth the price. Are there any better i5s for a good price? And is the phenom 2 965 BE another option. Do not need integrated graphics, and don't plan on OCing. Thank you. ( no real preference between AMD & Intel )
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  1. 3350P is a base model i5. No Graphics (what the P means). For $175 its worth the price. But for serious gameplay you'll want to spend $60 more for a 3570K. Stay intel for now. The top of the line FX vishera eight core is equivilent to a mid to high range i5.
  2. The optimal processor for you sounds like the i5 3570, not the 3570K. The K just means it is overclockable for about $15 more. The 3570 is $215, another viable option is the 3350P, at $180. It is similar to the 3570 just less performance.
  3. groundrat said:
    3350P is a base modle i5. No Graphics (what the P means). For $175 its worth the price. But for serious gameplay you'll want to spend $70 more for a 3570K

    What is the closest AMD CPU to the 3570k?
  4. FX 8350.
  5. groundrat said:
    FX 8350.

    I see... dont really need 8 cores, guess i'll get the 3350p. Thanks.
  6. Just make sure you get a good 1155 socket motherboard.
  7. groundrat said:
    Just make sure you get a good 1155 socket motherboard.

    An ASRock Z75 Pro3 good enough?
  8. It's good if you don't want to overclock or care about a few extra features. Optimal would be the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
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