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well for a good while now I have noticed my CPU is bottle necking the living crap out of my GPUs

Personally I am a self proclaimed AMD fan boy so as much as it pains me to do this which would be better bang for my buck the AMD package, the Intel package or something totally different?

My entire build is a bang for the buck build and i want to keep it this way.

Intel:
Mobo
CPU
Total Cost: $425 (US)

AMD
Mobo
CPU
Total Cost: $390 (US)

AMD2 (thought of this one as i was typing this up)
Mobo
CPU
Total Cost: $360 (USD)

Both have Crossfire for my 5770's and both are by far much better CPU's and Mobo's than my current ones.

Just need to know what would give me best bang for my buck
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If you want bang for your buck then save $90 and get a 2500k instead of a 2600k theres very little difference. (Maybe try get a p67 or z68 board though in case you decide to overclock).
    
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If you want bang for your buck then save $90 and get a 2500k instead of a 2600k theres very little difference. (Maybe try get a p67 or z68 board though in case you decide to overclock).

Yea I am clueless about intel only reason I went 2600k was hyperthreading, according to newegg the 2500k does not have it

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The only reason I have my 2600k is because I got it during Intel's summer deal last year for $90, otherwise I would've gone with a 2500k all day. For gaming you will literally notice NO difference. Do you live near a Microcenter? If so they sell 2500k's for $180 AND take $50 off any P67 or Z68 mobo - best deal you will find unless you work retail and wait for Intel's next big deal. Which won't be for a while.
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The only reason I have my 2600k is because I got it during Intel's summer deal last year for $90, otherwise I would've gone with a 2500k all day. For gaming you will literally notice NO difference. Do you live near a Microcenter? If so they sell 2500k's for $180 AND take $50 off any P67 or Z68 mobo - best deal you will find unless you work retail and wait for Intel's next big deal. Which won't be for a while.

Unfortunitally the nearest microcenter is like 3 hours from me =(
post #6 of 18
I would recommend this its probably the best bang for your buck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 - 2500k

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771 - Asus P8P67 Pro

Total cost: $400 ($380 after rebate on the mobo)
    
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Go with the i5-2500K.

Even the i5-2500K is faster than anything from AMD at almost every task.
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I would recommend this its probably the best bang for your buck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 - 2500k

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771 - Asus P8P67 Pro

Total cost: $400 ($380 after rebate on the mobo)
That looks awesome but from looking at it i would say the Mobo is only SLI, I have a pair of 5770's in CFX that I want to use.
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Go with the i5-2500K.

Even the i5-2500K is faster than anything from AMD at almost every task.
i don't want pure speed i just want something that will be upgradable in the future and won't bottleneck my GFX cards
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o wow i thought my phen x4 was bottlenecking my cards lol. i'm actually planning a similar upgrade, I am however settling with the i5 (all i do is game and overclock). I plan on putting it under a rasa rx360 and oc'ing it to 5ghz. that ought to stop the bottleneck gunner.gif

this will be my mobo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

people seem to have good oc's with it, and its a good price. I've had good experience with asrock so far.
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That looks awesome but from looking at it i would say the Mobo is only SLI, I have a pair of 5770's in CFX that I want to use.
i don't want pure speed i just want something that will be upgradable in the future and won't bottleneck my GFX cards
... this isn't about "pure speed," the i5 is better in every aspect.

The i5-2500K costs the same or is cheaper than the AMD chips you selected, consumes much less power, and is much better equipped to handle high-end GPU setups. Your video cards are low-end so it shouldn't make much of a difference with any of the CPUs you listed.

Ivy Bridge from Intel with invariably be faster than PD from AMD.
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