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So I've come to the conclusion that AMD isn't really giving me enough performance for what I need.... That is, my current SLI setup is completely bottlenecking at 3,7ghz!! .

What I need to know is, what is the best bang for buck processor I can get from intel that'll future proof me, but not light my wallet on fire...

I was thinking along the lines of an i5 or i7 setup, i3 if you guys recommend it, but I've really only got $350 to spend on processor + mobo + ram (so really $300 for CPU+Mobo)... And I was supposed to buy liquid cooling this month QQ...

So yeah, throw me some recommendations (I was thinking a p55 EVGA FTW B-Stock board, but if you guys have any better ideas, shoot )

Thanks,
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I think the i5 2500k is the best one out there for bang-buck. I could be wrong.
    
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Has to be the 2500K, a P67 MoBo, and two sticks of DDR3 Ram
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post #4 of 20
I really like my i3 it was really cheap and over clocks tremendously well. Still you could probably do better for the money unless you just want the cheapest possible.

I build a 1156 rig a few months ago my ****ty Asus board died recently though an literally no local store had any p55 boards just h55. Ended up going on amazon. Something to think about if you are buying a dead socket.

You could probably do a sb build for 300 mobo and CPU.
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If you live near a Microcenter you could pick up a 2500k for $160ish, that would be a great place to start
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i5-2400 if you don't overclock. paired with h61 board you got a nice gaming rig going.
    
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Its talked about on this forum all the time and the 2500K is widely considered the best bang for the buck. Best price I know of is $179.99 (plus tax) for in=store pick up at Microcenter.

I needed the HT in the 2600K or I would have jumped all over the 2500K at that price. I am sure the non-K versions will save you a few dollars, but you are looking at a significant drop in performance since you can't OC them. So that depends on what you view as more important, price or performance.
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Has to be the 2500K, a P67 MoBo, and two sticks of DDR3 Ram
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+1 to the 2500k
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