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FX8120 vs. i5-2500K vs. 1045T setup

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Hey guys, so I just got enough money to build a newer system after selling my old system. Here are my options:

Both combos from Microcenter
FX8120
GA-970A-UD3
Both for $200 total

or wait 2 weeks to see if this deal comes back:
2500k
GA-Z68AP-D3-B3
Both for $230 total

or

1045T
GA-78LMT-S2P ($140)
880G-E45 ($165)
ASRock 970 Extreme 3 ($180)
M5A97 ($180)

EDIT ONE MORE OPTION

i5-2550k ($160)
+
Some motherboard that can overclock so I guess Z68 or P67 on eBay under the price of $80.
Edited by johnny13oi - 2/20/12 at 3:05pm
    
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2500k all the way. Even if it becomes $300 for the deal, go for it. It will last you longer and you can overclock it so when it's time for higher demanding games, it's ready. Also, it's gotta be one of the best for the buck. It also beats the 8120 in almost every category.
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I would say save up $279 and get the 2500k for $179 and the motherboard I got from there for $99, the asrock p67 extreme4 gen3, I got both at microcenter.
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Thanks for the suggestion but I am really a cheap ass and that is $50 more which is like almost 25% more. I kind of wanted the Z68 so that I could use that one SSD cache feature because I have a 32GB SSD that I got for free.

Oh and I will definitely be overclocking if it will yield good gains. However back when I had the i7-920 overclocked to even just 3.8ghz it was putting out way too much heat so instead I just put it back to stock clock and undervolted to about 1.000V which was much better in terms of heat.

And I play the occasional game or two. Always the newer games to try them out.

Also forgot to mention that Microcenter does have the deal right now for the i5-2500k and P8Z68-V LX for $250 But I like the gigabyte one better because it has heatsinks on the mosfets which will allow higher OC and also it's $20 cheaper.
    
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Thanks for the suggestion but I am really a cheap ass and that is $50 more which is like almost 25% more. I kind of wanted the Z68 so that I could use that one SSD cache feature because I have a 32GB SSD that I got for free.
Oh and I will definitely be overclocking if it will yield good gains. However back when I had the i7-920 overclocked to even just 3.8ghz it was putting out way too much heat so instead I just put it back to stock clock and undervolted to about 1.000V which was much better in terms of heat.
And I play the occasional game or two. Always the newer games to try them out.
Also forgot to mention that Microcenter does have the deal right now for the i5-2500k and P8Z68-V LX for $250 But I like the gigabyte one better because it has heatsinks on the mosfets which will allow higher OC and also it's $20 cheaper.
Well if you don't like systems that put out massive heat, the 8120 is definitely not for you.

The 2500k and Gigabyte motherboard is the better combo and the better investment (saving you money in the long run via longevity and power consumption)
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Depends what you do.. Pure gamer, 2500k, encoder or big media man, 8120. If you do both, 8120 (if you overclock it) cause gaming is 80% gpu and the 8120 wins multi threaded. 2500k wins single threaded, but really all single threaded things dont really need the full power of either, my dads p4 runs ms word fine.
 
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Btw all those are GREAT deals nab them while you can... Really get what ever ones there now those are sick deals.
 
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Depends what you do.. Pure gamer, 2500k, encoder or big media man, 8120. If you do both, 8120 (if you overclock it) cause gaming is 80% gpu and the 8120 wins multi threaded. 2500k wins single threaded, but really all single threaded things dont really need the full power of either, my dads p4 runs ms word fine.

Are you sure that gaming isn't that affected by the CPU? This review seems to show otherwise: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-fx-8120-6100-4100_6.html#sect0

Oh and responding to the great deals thing, these deals are always ongoing and have been going on for about 2 or more months now. They just recently took off the $50 off any motherboard with i5-2500k but it still works with the i7-2600k. Microcenter sells a lot of CPUs under retail and offers free motherboards or discounts off of the motherboards as a combo deal.
    
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I was pretty happy when I moved to a 2500K. They are fairly easy to OC and run pretty cool.

I did the same thing as you are wanting to do. I waited for an awesome deal.
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If you read the first paragraph the test was set up (riged) to put higher the normal loads on the cpu during gaming.
 
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