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best Intel CPU for around $200-$250?

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Hey overclockers!

I'm mulling a new build and looking for advice on what cpu would be the best choice. Budget for it would be 200ish with 250 at max. I am open to going for a used processor. I see the 3770K being praised a lot, but watching on ebay they never seem to go for a good deal.

What are my best options for this price range?? Thanks for any input
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Where are you located? Obviously not near a microcenter since you're stating that.
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post #3 of 8
look in the OCN marketplace for a used 3770k or 3570k. tho you can get the i5 new in that price range.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FlashFir View Post

Where are you located? Obviously not near a microcenter since you're stating that.

HAH!!! Dude you are the man. $230 for 3770k with in store pickup... and there is one in town! Thank you, I was oblivious to this newegg undercut by $100. Wow. Problem solved!
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gg

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get it with a combo deal dude. sell the motherboard if you have one already.


or if you don't have one, tz77a or the d3h have my recommendation as budget options that have good vrms.
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Quote:
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gg

/thread

get it with a combo deal dude. sell the motherboard if you have one already.


or if you don't have one, tz77a or the d3h have my recommendation as budget options that have good vrms.

Word. I don't have a mobo yet, so I will for sure check out their combo deals, with those boards noted. Most excellent call, high fives!
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post #7 of 8
wow. how could you not shop microcenter with 1 in town ? i avoid the egg. 1 hr 15 minute drive 1 way to my nearest microcenter. i drive it at least once every 2 months.
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post #8 of 8
Now the delima, move closer to Micro Center and drive 300 miles to work, or stay here and drive 300 miles to Micro Center... doh.gif
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