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January 10, 2013 11:24:33 PM

I wanted to know if I should just get an intel core i5-2500k instead of a intel core i5-3570k for my build and save some money without losing to much performance.
My primary purpose for my PC is to play games like Diablo 3, Dota 2, and League of Legends on max settings with a FPS around 60.

Here is my build:

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Biostar H77MU3 LGA 1155
G.SKILL Phoenix III 120GB SATA III SSD
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W
ASUS GeForce GTX 560
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III HDD

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January 10, 2013 11:28:04 PM

There should only be a $6 difference in price if you're in the US. So although it won't bee all that bad going down a step if you overclock them both, I just don't see the point.
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January 10, 2013 11:31:38 PM

look into using an i5-3470 it only slightly slower then the 3570.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 10, 2013 11:35:50 PM

On Newegg the 2500K is $220 and the 3570K is $230. The 3570K is made on a smaller lithography, 22nm vs 32nm. Also, the 3570K has the better Intel Graphics 4000 vs the 2500K's 3000. I think I heard somewhere that Ivy Bridge is around 10% faster than Sandy Bridge. In my opinion, the extra $10 is definitely worth it. Also, you need Ivy Bridge for PCI 3.0, otherwise I think it drops down to 2.0.
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January 10, 2013 11:36:59 PM

I would try to get a better GPU. That will help you the most with those games. Dota 2 and LOL aren't hard to max at all but with other modern games you would expect only to get mediumish settings.

Get a 7850 instead for basically the same price. Take a look here at some benchmarks http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=543

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January 10, 2013 11:42:09 PM

smorizio said:
look into using an i5-3470 it only slightly slower then the 3570.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


+1 to smorizio

I doesn't help to get any "k" version processor if you are getting an H77 chipset mother board. You could get the i5-3570 for $10 less or the 3470 as smorizio suggested.
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January 10, 2013 11:51:40 PM

So I really won't lose any performance if I get the 3470 based off of the games I said I would be playing?
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January 10, 2013 11:54:09 PM

No, the main thing holding you back is your GPU.
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January 10, 2013 11:56:59 PM

So would you guys recommend me just getting the i5-3470 and the AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 Graphics card instead. And if anyone has a link to a decently priced 7850 I would be very appreciative.
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January 17, 2013 11:14:47 PM

Best answer selected by Jonwest717.
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