Best sub $200 gaming processor?

So I'm trying to build a PC that will eventually handle games and I'm wondering if the Core i5 3570K is the best gaming for under $200?

Here's what I'm looking at:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor

Thanks a bunch.
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  1. get the FX-8350, or anything is the new piledriver series, the reason for this is that they may not be amazing in games but they are only like 5-10% behind a 3570k, and are below 200 so give that a look
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284
  2. i5-3570k is the best gaming CPU around at any budget, go for it.

    The FX-8350 is more like 20-30% behind according to some benchmarks I just looked at. That makes sense as well since it isn't a massive upgrade to the old Bulldozer FX-8 and that barely beat a Pentium G620 in games.
  3. yeah i completely agree(just got my 3570k installed :P and the difference is astronomical) but he said SUB 200 and with the extra 30(or more depending on how many cores you want) you could get a better GPU/RAM/SSD
  4. PanicMaster85 said:
    yeah i completely agree(just got my 3570k installed :P and the difference is astronomical) but he said SUB 200 and with the extra 30(or more depending on how many cores you want) you could get a better GPU/RAM/SSD

    It is sub-$200 at Microcenter - $170 in fact. Picking mine up after my birthday this year :)
  5. well is that an online place? if not then they sell for around 220 and you dont want to buy used parts because who know how much overvolting they did it could have like 2 months left in it
  6. PanicMaster85 said:
    well is that an online place? if not then they sell for around 220 and you dont want to buy used parts because who know how much overvolting they did it could have like 2 months left in it

    It's both. But you can only get the processors in store for that price. In a way, MC is taking a loss-leader very akin to Black Friday sales. They want foot traffic. Their processors and motherboards are below cost for a reason and they hope you overspend on their overpriced GPUs.

    It's a brand new processor and gives them a competitve advantage in some ways.
  7. well sure but he is not going to fly out to where you live and buy one

    and im sure he doesnt have one near him i have never heard of MC before
  8. The best sub $200 gaming processor is the highest Ghz i5 you can find for under $200. Kind of varies with sales, but it doesn't really matter which i5.

    Based on today's prices, i5-3470 (3.2Ghz) at Amazon would be the best under $200.
  9. Sub $200 would be i5-3470. Like what twelve said.
  10. ah forgot there was a 3470 :P well I was wrong i recommend that if you get a decent cpu cooler then you can overclock it to the 3570k
  11. I assumed when linkgx1 linked MC, there was one nearby.

    Also - BASTARDS! When did they jack up the price? Well, at least the 2500K is still at $150. Unlocked, and only about 5% less performance than the 3570K.
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