Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel CPUs › Best bang for the buck
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Best bang for the buck

post #1 of 71
Thread Starter 
So, I'm considering. Let's not jump ahead of ourselves.

I'm considering a intel setup for after tax return season. So I'm wondering, what's the best I5 or I7 with the biggest bang for the buck?

I'm looking to atleast get a 4.2Ghz on a H90-H100 watercooler setup (still to chicken to go full loop but give me time)

I want something that would blow the 965BE @4.0Ghz away. But at the same time, I'm not looking to spend more then...Let's say..High balling $250. And I mean that's as high as I'll consider, cause I'd still need a Motherboard.

So what would yall think? What CPU would you suggest, and why?

Lastly, for bonus cool points, what Mobo would you suggest for the CPU?
post #2 of 71
Intel i5 2500k + Asus P8P67. Cause that's what I'd build, if I would bother with Intel. smile.gif
Oxygène
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 5 1600 Asus Prime B350 Plus VTX3D R9 390 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston Hyper X Kingston HyperX Fury ADATA SP550 ADATA SX8000 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Stock Windows 10 Dell U2711 Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Chieftec A-135 Series 1000W NZXT. Phantom 410 Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus Speed Edition 
  hide details  
Reply
Oxygène
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 5 1600 Asus Prime B350 Plus VTX3D R9 390 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston Hyper X Kingston HyperX Fury ADATA SP550 ADATA SX8000 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Stock Windows 10 Dell U2711 Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Chieftec A-135 Series 1000W NZXT. Phantom 410 Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus Speed Edition 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 71
2500K, it will be much better than your current cpu and will easily get you the OC you want(should be able to get much bigger OC) and is in your price range. A gen 3 1155 board such as the AsRock gen 3 are great bang for your buck mobo's.

What do you use this rig for?
MINE
(18 items)
 
Wifes/backup rig
(13 items)
 
My Ultimate Rig
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I3 2120 AsRock P67 Pro 3  MSI 950 twin frozr 8gb ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120gb sandisk ssd 750 gb caviar black hyper 212plus win7 home premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell SE198WFP X3 surround Logitech G710+ 750w seasonic gold coolermaster HAF 912 advanced 
Mouse
G700 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930k Asus rampage extreme 4 2 290's 16gb 2133 quad channel 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
2tb cavier black h220 win 7 64 oem seasonic 1000w platnum 
Case
Haf x 
  hide details  
Reply
MINE
(18 items)
 
Wifes/backup rig
(13 items)
 
My Ultimate Rig
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I3 2120 AsRock P67 Pro 3  MSI 950 twin frozr 8gb ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120gb sandisk ssd 750 gb caviar black hyper 212plus win7 home premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell SE198WFP X3 surround Logitech G710+ 750w seasonic gold coolermaster HAF 912 advanced 
Mouse
G700 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930k Asus rampage extreme 4 2 290's 16gb 2133 quad channel 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
2tb cavier black h220 win 7 64 oem seasonic 1000w platnum 
Case
Haf x 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 71
2500K + P8Z68-V PRO.

2500K will blast your 965 away. And you can get a far better OC of at least 4.4.
Need a doctor??
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5-3570k Asus P8P67 Pro Asus GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce 9500GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung SH-S223C Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 LG E2350T SteelSeries 7G FSP Aurum Gold 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
X5 Raynor Tower G1 Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Audio-Technica ATH-M50 
Audio
Edifier M3300SF 
  hide details  
Reply
Need a doctor??
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5-3570k Asus P8P67 Pro Asus GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce 9500GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung SH-S223C Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 LG E2350T SteelSeries 7G FSP Aurum Gold 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
X5 Raynor Tower G1 Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Audio-Technica ATH-M50 
Audio
Edifier M3300SF 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 71
I'd go with the 2600k if you care about OC. You should fit the price limit.
For the MB P8P67 Deluxe or Revolution, they're very similar.

With an H90/100 you will have the perfect cooling to overclock easily!
post #6 of 71
Thread Starter 
Gaming.

Battlefield 3, SWTOR, Tribes ascend, Will be playing Guild wars 2.

I'll be getting back into Video editing on the side though. So I plan to boost my RAM a bit more, prob another 8GB kit and a SSD.
post #7 of 71
Thread Starter 
2600k is over $300. Well outside the target range. Unless I see a price drop before 1 feb. Then I'll be more leaning towards the 2500k that others have mentioned.
post #8 of 71
Quote:
Originally Posted by d3viliz3d View Post

I'd go with the 2600k if you care about OC. You should fit the price limit.
For the MB P8P67 Deluxe or Revolution, they're very similar.
With an H90/100 you will have the perfect cooling to overclock easily!

2500K will OC better than the 2600K.
Need a doctor??
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5-3570k Asus P8P67 Pro Asus GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce 9500GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung SH-S223C Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 LG E2350T SteelSeries 7G FSP Aurum Gold 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
X5 Raynor Tower G1 Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Audio-Technica ATH-M50 
Audio
Edifier M3300SF 
  hide details  
Reply
Need a doctor??
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5-3570k Asus P8P67 Pro Asus GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce 9500GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung SH-S223C Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 LG E2350T SteelSeries 7G FSP Aurum Gold 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
X5 Raynor Tower G1 Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Audio-Technica ATH-M50 
Audio
Edifier M3300SF 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 71
hi
delete
Edited by Power_Man - 1/2/12 at 5:49am
Gaming/Video
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 760 @4.0Ghz ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ZOTAC GTX 580 Patriot Viper Xtreme 4GB DDR3 2000MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
ocz vertex 2 corsair Force Series 3 4 x WD Caviar Green WD15EARX  LG 8X/Blu-Ray Writer/16X DVD-Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 Windows 7x64 Samsung 59" 3D Plasma 1080P MSMultimedia 1.1 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Consair HX-850W ANTEC 900 MS Wireless Moblie 3500 Couch 
  hide details  
Reply
Gaming/Video
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 760 @4.0Ghz ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ZOTAC GTX 580 Patriot Viper Xtreme 4GB DDR3 2000MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
ocz vertex 2 corsair Force Series 3 4 x WD Caviar Green WD15EARX  LG 8X/Blu-Ray Writer/16X DVD-Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 Windows 7x64 Samsung 59" 3D Plasma 1080P MSMultimedia 1.1 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Consair HX-850W ANTEC 900 MS Wireless Moblie 3500 Couch 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 71
The 2500k will work great for gaming and better than you current for editing, the 2600k would be better for editing with it's HT but is around the 300 mark and no better than the 2500k for gaming.

As said you should be able to get around 4.4ghz-4.8ghz with a H100.
MINE
(18 items)
 
Wifes/backup rig
(13 items)
 
My Ultimate Rig
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I3 2120 AsRock P67 Pro 3  MSI 950 twin frozr 8gb ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120gb sandisk ssd 750 gb caviar black hyper 212plus win7 home premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell SE198WFP X3 surround Logitech G710+ 750w seasonic gold coolermaster HAF 912 advanced 
Mouse
G700 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930k Asus rampage extreme 4 2 290's 16gb 2133 quad channel 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
2tb cavier black h220 win 7 64 oem seasonic 1000w platnum 
Case
Haf x 
  hide details  
Reply
MINE
(18 items)
 
Wifes/backup rig
(13 items)
 
My Ultimate Rig
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I3 2120 AsRock P67 Pro 3  MSI 950 twin frozr 8gb ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120gb sandisk ssd 750 gb caviar black hyper 212plus win7 home premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell SE198WFP X3 surround Logitech G710+ 750w seasonic gold coolermaster HAF 912 advanced 
Mouse
G700 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930k Asus rampage extreme 4 2 290's 16gb 2133 quad channel 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
2tb cavier black h220 win 7 64 oem seasonic 1000w platnum 
Case
Haf x 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Intel CPUs
Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel CPUs › Best bang for the buck