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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post
CPU's mean little to gaming, unless you plan to get an extreme GPU setup. An i3-530 or i3-2100 would work wonders when paired with a single GTX 580/HD 6970.

Want proof? check my sig.
That's true too.

The savings you would get by going w/ say an AMD Phenom II 960 x4 zosma $125, or i3 2100 ($100-120), vs a 2500k ($180-220), should put you into a higher GPU class, say a hd6950, or gtx560ti vs a hd6850, or hd6870. That would be the better option to me, save money on CPU, and put into more powerful GPU.
post #12 of 21
Get a 2500k from ncixus. I just picked one up for $179.99 with a price match using microcenter as your source for the match
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post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post
CPU's mean little to gaming, unless you plan to get an extreme GPU setup. A cheapo i3-530+H55 mobo or i3-2100+H61/H65 mobo will work wonders when paired with a single GTX 580/HD 6970, or SLI 560 Ti's/CF 6870's, as most games are more GPU bound.

Want proof? check my sig. Need more? Check this Battlefield 3 CPU Scaling chart.

Also, Quad-core Phenoms aren't bad as well, in most gaming situations behave the same as Intel. Hell, i was able to play BF3 and SCII on a Phenom x2 555 stock + one of my 450's (friend's PC) and i felt little to no difference to my own rig.
Picking an INCREDIBLY GPU bound game to demonstrate your theory is not a good way to go about it. I think what you mean to say is that "CPUs aren't as important as GPUs in the single player campaign of BF3."

Depending on your resolution and video cards used, you may see a large performance difference between a low end CPU or you may see none at all. WoW, Source engine games, Flight Sim, many RTS, etc., would all show a significant FPS increase from having a stronger processor.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20
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Get a 2500k from ncixus. I just picked one up for $179.99 with a price match using microcenter as your source for the match
How do you get them to price match? because if I can't figure it out I'm just gonna order my 2500k from microcenter.
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well ok i really want it to last so i probably will get a 2500k but will the 2500k drop in price once SB-e comes out
 
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post #16 of 21
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well ok i really want it to last so i probably will get a 2500k but will the 2500k drop in price once SB-e comes out
I wouldn't wait for a price drop with SB-E. SB-E is an entirely new platform and won't affect the 1155 socket in the slightest. SB-E will be quite expensive and in an enthusiast class. Intel is unlikely to change prices on its current line up much if at all before Ivy Bridge is released, at which time SB will likely drop in prices very briefly before being completely removed from the market.

If you are going to wait then you may as well wait and buy Ivy since you are unlikely to see any price changes in the near future. The only thing that would cause Intel to change it's pricing strategy massively would be a very fast chip from AMD... And we all know how that panned out.

My advice would be buy now. There are no expected price drops in the future for Intel and there will always be something new on the horizon!

EDIT: Sorry, I thought you said you were going to wait for a price drop! I should probably get some sleep soon! But no, SB-E will not drop the prices on SB.
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post #17 of 21
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I wouldn't wait for a price drop with SB-E. SB-E is an entirely new platform and won't affect the 1155 socket in the slightest. SB-E will be quite expensive and in an enthusiast class. Intel is unlikely to change prices on its current line up much if at all before Ivy Bridge is released, at which time SB will likely drop in prices very briefly before being completely removed from the market.

If you are going to wait then you may as well wait and buy Ivy since you are unlikely to see any price changes in the near future. The only thing that would cause Intel to change it's pricing strategy massively would be a very fast chip from AMD... And we all know how that panned out.

My advice would be buy now. There are no expected price drops in the future for Intel and there will always be something new on the horizon!

EDIT: Sorry, I thought you said you were going to wait for a price drop! I should probably get some sleep soon! But no, SB-E will not drop the prices on SB.
Ivy will probably cost like 1000 on the low end and that is more then my whole budget (800)
 
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post #18 of 21
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Ivy will probably cost like 1000 on the low end and that is more then my whole budget (800)
same as SB-e thats gonna cost a bomb and run real hot! tdc 130w
post #19 of 21
Get a last gen i3. I almost regret my 2500k, after realizining cpu power didnt have as much of an influence on fps as i thought.
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post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Big-Pete View Post
2500k is all there is mate, no point going for an amd rig there all poop in comparison, fail dozer tanked, and phenom isnt really a comparison for the beastly 2500k
Bulldozer's performance has zero to do with Phenom IIs still begin great CPUs for gaming.
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