Intel core i7s (older ones two) easily take out the 81xxs. If your in for pure gaming or don't tend to use more then four cores (don't listen to all these people saying no one uses them, No program can but if you megatask like me you will) then the i5s also beat it. For gaming the i3s might also beat it in some games. However, while the 8150 is overpriced the 8120 is a good option if you need/want the cores. Also keep in mind most games are gpu limited. So while some like the 8120 and maybe 6100 might be good for the money if you need mores cores, it isnt the fastest cpu out the. What is? While unfortunately the one that costs $1000, the 3860x. The 3830k is better priced at $600, but still high. If you don't need the cores, i5 2500k. If you do, then 8120 for $200 or i7 2x00k for $330. If you simply want the best, 3860x. In between, the 3830k is the only sb-e I could call remotly worth the money.