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You have a very valid point for a budget system the G620 is awesome, surely...
The i5-2500k is a great deal for only $30 more, truly, especially if you are planning on Overclocking, ideally the i5-2500k is the best when considering overclocking, undoubtedly.
I'm not a fan of the i3s, not really, they should be priced starting at $80 to make them more affordable..

Well, at Microcenter you can get 50-70 dollars off a Z68 + i5 2500K, and every once in a while a similar deal applies to the i3 2100. I was planning on getting one and added it to the cart, I could have bought an H67 + i3 2100 for only 118 bucks. You just have to be on the lookout, I guess.

Honestly, I'd almost go as far as to say even though I like the i3 Sandy Bridges, you get a ton of overclocking headroom on the i3 550/540 - and if you MUST overclock, and stay really really cheap, you could go with those.
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You have a very valid point for a budget system the G620 is awesome, surely...
The i5-2500k is a great deal for only $30 more, truly, especially if you are planning on Overclocking, ideally the i5-2500k is the best when considering overclocking, undoubtedly.
I'm not a fan of the i3s, not really, they should be priced starting at $80 to make them more affordable..

Well, at Microcenter you can get 50-70 dollars off a Z68 + i5 2500K, and every once in a while a similar deal applies to the i3 2100. I was planning on getting one and added it to the cart, I could have bought an H67 + i3 2100 for only 118 bucks. You just have to be on the lookout, I guess.

Honestly, I'd almost go as far as to say even though I like the i3 Sandy Bridges, you get a ton of overclocking headroom on the i3 550/540 - and if you MUST overclock, and stay really really cheap, you could go with those.

Interesting, I'm just not an i3 fan at all...

I don't like Hyper Threading either...

Neither Modules that really do not perform like 2 true cores either.. cough *bulldozer* cough...
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Interesting, I'm just not an i3 fan at all...
I don't like Hyper Threading either...
Neither Modules that really do not perform like 2 true cores either.. cough *bulldozer* cough...

But you won't even use up the cores in games today, and I've seen some crazy overclocks with i3 550's.

Best value is still a i5-2500K until we see what Ivy-Bridge has for us. I love overclocking, I just don't see a point in getting rid of my i5 2400 just to buy a 2500K once again, especially because I mainly game and like I said earlier - IB is right around the corner.

'Cheapest' but greatest valued right now still goes to the G620 or i3 540/550 or i3 2100(No OC) in terms of functionality game-wise.
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If you're not OCing sure, but the 2500k is only $30 more at Microcenter.

This. Scratches head why one wouldn't just pony up the 30 clams, which would make the 2500K the real deal.
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The i5-2400 is a workhorse! It cames with a full set of instructions and for the average consumer is wonderful chip. It is also more versatile and can be used properly with Vpro rated stuff which is great for companies with large networks. I really like the i5-2400 and would get one for a second rig in a heartbeat.
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The i5-2400 is a workhorse! It cames with a full set of instructions and for the average consumer is wonderful chip. It is also more versatile and can be used properly with Vpro rated stuff which is great for companies with large networks. I really like the i5-2400 and would get one for a second rig in a heartbeat.

It really is a solid Quadcore CPU, definitely, the i5-2500K is for Enthusiast / Overclockers, the i5-2400 is truly good enough for most uses.

I suppose if money was no object, then yeah, i7-2600k all day, if that's not the case, then an i3-2100 may fit your needs, possibly.

The G620 in my opinion is going to bottleneck a system bad, but I could be wrong, I just don't see it as being "Fast Enough" in today's computing environment, could you imagine having to encrypt / decrypt everything on that CPU? Whoosh!
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I paid $229 for my i7 2600k at Micro Center....and this is my task manager doing video encoding that I just fired off before logging in here:


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I love gaming, but I actually use my computer for other purposes as well...and some of those purposes involve multiple heavyweight multithreaded apps running simultaneously...or one honking app slamming 8 pedals down on my CPU at once. wink.gif


There is no one best value. What are you using it for? Some folks would say that if all you do is game, your "best value" is a console.
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Problem is most people dont have a microcenter or frys near them. Which makes the microcenter deals mote. But since online retailers have them the price difference between a 2400 and the 2500k which is about $20 difference which some may think the extra $20 is worth it but its not if it could be used for something else like a bigger hard drive if the person like downloading movies and watching more then they say game or even a higher wattage psu for later upgrades.

But of course everyone know for the max performance and bang for bunk on gaming is the 2500k b/c of its overclocking ability. And its really hard to recommend anything else other then the 2500k for gaming unless they have a much lower budget where having less cpu is not a game end all since gpu usually matters more.
 
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Problem is most people dont have a microcenter or frys near them. Which makes the microcenter deals mote. But since online retailers have them the price difference between a 2400 and the 2500k which is about $20 difference which some may think the extra $20 is worth it but its not if it could be used for something else like a bigger hard drive if the person like downloading movies and watching more then they say game or even a higher wattage psu for later upgrades.
But of course everyone know for the max performance and bang for bunk on gaming is the 2500k b/c of its overclocking ability. And its really hard to recommend anything else other then the 2500k for gaming unless they have a much lower budget where having less cpu is not a game end all since gpu usually matters more.

20/30 bucks is an obvious go for it situation. For ex. it's like buying a car, when you can get the loaded model for the same percentage cost as a 2500k, which is statistically peanuts, you go for it. It's that simple.If you can't afford 20 bucks work another hour, two or three at work!!!
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sorry to necro but this a nice little chip it actually ocs kinda I did however say kinda i also heard that only 3.4 is possible on this chip with all 4 cores but thats 4 cores each at 3.6 not bad. oh and no blck mods although im thinking of trying it
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