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Are I3 Ivy bridge good for gaming why and why not

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so im thinking of getting a ivy bridge cpu to overclock for gaming are the i3 a good choice and do the i5 make a difference in gaming ?
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If you want to overclock then go with the i5-3570k. There have actually been a lot of good deals on them lately putting them not to far off in price from the i3s

Near a microcenter? I believe they are down to 170 now (from 190) and you can get 50 bucks off a mobo with purchase. Its hands down the best deal out there.
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The i3's are excellent budget choices. They will NOT bottleneck any high end GPUs until you start getting into 2+ GPU setups. thumb.gif

That being said, if you have spare cash, why not get a 3570k that can go up to 4.2-4.8ghz?
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They are great for any single gpu setup. If, however you are planing on a multiple gpu setup or you want to fold, I would recommend a 3570k or 3770k. For pure single gpu gaming though an i3 will suit you just fine.
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