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I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this question but I thought I would throw it out there anyway and see what kind of responses I get in case I missed something. First of all, when I say "overclockable" I don't mean the 100-200 MHz overclocks people get out of standard non-K Core processors. I'm about to replace my Q8200, which was very non-overclock-friendly, but had enough performance stock at the time. But recently I have been feeling that "hunger" that I am sure you all are familiar with. The hunger to build. So I have decided to part out my current rig on eBay and use the proceeds to go towards a new build. But back to the question at hand: What is the cheapest overclockable Ivy or Sandy bridge CPU out there right now? I really like the 3570k but in the interest of saving money I keep considering going with an i3-2120 or i3-3220, which I know are not unlocked and hardly overclockable. That makes me sad. Because that means once my build is put together and I run a few benchmarks for the first time, thats it. Thats all there is and ever will be. frown.gif Anyway, this may be a pointless and random discussion starter but in any case I'm interested to read the responses.

EDIT: I keep coming across old threads on this forum and other sites about the rumored i3-"k" that never happened. What a shame. I think thats what I'm really looking for although it doesn't exist.
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Cheapest and most sensible? 2500K of course, especially if you can score one from a Microcenter. Next best choice is 3570K. That's about it, really.
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The 2500K is a very powerful CPU and its a little cheaper than the 3570k. If you are anywhere near a Microcenter, you could watch for a sale on it. They were blowing them out on Black Friday for $99, now they are $149.

Have you considered an AMD build?
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Yes I saw the 2500K sale they had a month or so ago for $99.99 (IN STORE ONLY) and hated that the closest MicroCenter is like 4 hours from me. The cost in gas would pretty much kill any savings I may have benefitted from. I kept thinking I would need to go to Atlanta (closest MC) sometime for something else and could pick one up while I was there or the 3570k which is routinely on sale there for $169.99 plus $40 off a compatible motherboard, but that never happened. It really ticks me off that all of their awesome sales are in store only. What gives????
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Originally Posted by RX7-2nr View Post

The 2500K is a very powerful CPU and its a little cheaper than the 3570k. If you are anywhere near a Microcenter, you could watch for a sale on it. They were blowing them out on Black Friday for $99, now they are $149.

Have you considered an AMD build?

Why would he waste money on an amd build? Op a 3570k build is what you want
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You know, I did consider an AMD build for a long while. But I think I'm just an Intel fanboy. But nto the kind that bashes anything thats not Intel. I don't even know why but I have always leaned towards Intel. I guess it just always seemed like the "safe" choice, althought there's nothing to justify that reasoning. Or maybe I just like their logo and their marketing totally sucked me in.
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Comments like this are the reason I feel like there is some good reason I don't know about why NOT to build AMD.
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The 2500k would probably be your best bet.

Can't you think of a good reason to go for Atlanta to other things besides just go to Microcenter? Take the lady out for the day, go to an event. I have found that if you aren't driving there solely for the Microcenter, and can make a 'trip' out of it, its not soo bad.
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Have you checked your local Craigslist? I Picked up a Brand New in Box 2700k for 220 bucks. Im sure you could find a used 2500k for less than 150.
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Comments like this are the reason I feel like there is some good reason I don't know about why NOT to build AMD.

The short short version on why you shouldnt consider an 8350 over a 3570k.

1. Price difference between an 8350/990fx and a 3570k/z77 is 14 dollars in the united states
2. 8350 bottlenecks 2 card setups
3. No pcie 3.0
4. Only game the 8350 beats the 3570k in is bf3. In games like wow and sc2 the difference is 30+fps in favor of the 3570k.
5. 8350 is clocked 600mhz higher then the 3570k in benchmarks giving the perception its a lot better in multithreaded apps.

Op read the anandtech vishera review. Choice is clear. 3570k + an asrock Extreme4 is the best bang for your buck
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