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I just recently bought a 6870* since my 8800GT died on me, but my E8400 will bottleneck it in some cases. What's a good CPU within the 200-300 dollar price range?

I was looking at this however it is farily expensive; however it does seem to be the best bang for the buck CPU I can find.

Thoughts?
Sandy bridge or AMD aside, best bang for buck is simply to OC that chip. My buddy still runs his E8400 overclocked to 3.8 GHz with a GTX 560 ti and it does not bottleneck. GPU usage is 99% in benchmarks and high during games (depending on game). Heck he got two GTX 560 ti on SLI.
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Sandy bridge or AMD aside, best bang for buck is simply to OC that chip. My buddy still runs his E8400 overclocked to 3.8 GHz with a GTX 560 ti and it does not bottleneck. GPU usage is 99% in benchmarks and high during games (depending on game). Heck he got two GTX 560 ti on SLI.
Really?

I had a E8500 @ 4.1Ghz earlier and bought a gtx 570.. and it bottlenecked with some games pretty badly.. games that use 4 cores that is like bfbc2.

It's pretty hard for me to believe that 560 sli would not bottleneck it.

edit: won't most games these days get profit of using 4 cores more? So it dual-core is getting pretty much killed with new games + good gpus.
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The bang for the buckj equation works like this folks:
If I get 80% of the power for half the money, it's more bang for the buck.

I think the OP will be best off with an 1156 chip and board since they're getting very cheap now especially used ones from SB upgraders.

A low end p67 board and i5 2500k is £300 here, I can get a mid-range AMD board and 955 and have £120 left over on top, or an 1156 i3 and P55 board and have a similar amount left over. No way is the 2500k best bang for the buck, if anything, the old 1156 i3 is.
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The bang for the buckj equation works like this folks:
If I get 80% of the power for half the money, it's more bang for the buck.

I think the OP will be best off with an 1156 chip and board since they're getting very cheap now especially used ones from SB upgraders.

A low end p67 board and i5 2500k is £300 here, I can get a mid-range AMD board and 955 and have £120 left over on top, or an 1156 i3 and P55 board and have a similar amount left over. No way is the 2500k best bang for the buck, if anything, the old 1156 i3 is.
How about a more future-proof cpu? Why buy a 955 or 1156 i3? To save money.. and again buy a new mobo and cpu since they're not enough to get the power out of gpu if upgraded/cfx/sli?

In europe it would be like 90euros for cheap msi c43 p67 mobo and 169e for a 2500k.. not so bad for such powerful cpu + single gpu-setup.
I almost upgraded for a 775 quad-core, but even from ebay i would had to pay 150-170e for a q9550 vs new 2500k. So new platform was a wise decision.
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The only logical step for a gamer/enthusiast nowadays is Sandybridge 2500K. Forget 1156/1366 or AMD.
    
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I can't believe that people still say AMD is the best bang for the buck. You can get an AMD setup for a little less money, so there's the buck part. However, once you look at the bang, there is NO comparison. The 2500K smokes anything AMD has to offer at the moment. I could see the point is saying AMD was the best bang for the buck if an AMD setup was several hundreds less, but it isn't. Microcenter sells the 2500K for $179.99 plus tax. They routinely offer deals on P67 mobos for around $100. So for $300 you can get a 2500K and a new board. I'm sorry, but the 2500K is easily the best bang for the buck. Its not even close.
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I can't believe that people still say AMD is the best bang for the buck. You can get an AMD setup for a little less money, so there's the buck part. However, once you look at the bang, there is NO comparison. The 2500K smokes anything AMD has to offer at the moment. I could see the point is saying AMD was the best bang for the buck if an AMD setup was several hundreds less, but it isn't. Microcenter sells the 2500K for $179.99 plus tax. They routinely offer deals on P67 mobos for around $100. So for $300 you can get a 2500K and a new board. I'm sorry, but the 2500K is easily the best bang for the buck. Its not even close.
Yeah, what gamer/enthusiast is interested in saving a few dollars for much lesser performance compared to what they could have got for a few dollars more. It's a no brainer...

It's not even worth making a discussion over.

C2Q Q9xxx 12MB L2 Cache@4GHz will also do for one high-end GPU, hell their even faster VS AMD clock for clock. AMD needs 200 - 300MHz more to equal. However, these used 775 Quads are way to expensive as it is.

A Sandy 2500K is way faster clock for clock over these two alternatives. And prices are very good. There really is no competition
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Umm, methinks the SB fans are missing the point, sandy is the best chip out there, no argument, but it's NOT INEXPENSIVE in any way. Best bang is SB, best bang for the buck is never the latest and greatest, it's simple fact.
I still suggest the previous gen of Intel chips or possibly even an AMD will give stacks more performance for the money.
When I can get an 1156 i3/i5 or a quad phenom with a GTS450 on top for the same money as SB board and chip, and any of those will give lots more power than a C2Duo, and be plenty for any game you care to mention.
Sure if the OP has the money for SB then there's no real alternative out there, but what if money is tighter than that?
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