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Looking for an Intel CPU for under $225.

I have read a lot of mixed reviews. It seems that the i5 3570K is the winner.

However, with the release of Haswell, is it worth holding off and buying Haswell or is the 3570K still worth the money?

i am concerned it will go down in value in a month, and under perform in the price/performance ratio vs a comparable price range Haswell CPU.


What do you guys think?

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It's not really any slower than a Haswell, and that is especially true if you will overclock. Only if you care about:

a) Power usage
b) iGPU
c) Upgrade path

Upgrade path is the biggest of these, and the z87 (or whatever it's called) chipset has some cool features.

As far as FPS goes, if you're a gamer, you would net a maximum of 15 (is my guess) FPS in any game with an 1150 socket CPU over an 1155 CPU (assuming you are GPU bottlenecked in most games).
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Well, you can't just count CPU cost since you also need a new MOBO and the cost premium on haswell definitely adds up. I wouldn't buy haswell, it's just not worth the money with the skewed silicon lottery right now. There are a few horror stories about people not even being able to clock over 4.0 Ghz. Most people would be lucky to get 4.5 Ghz.

Maybe after new batches and bios upgrades come out haswell will be a contender, but as of right now it just isn't worth the extra 10-30% premium over ivy bridge. Absolutely it is worth waiting for steamroller/haswell refresh and next gen consoles to come out and see how everything stacks up then. Getting a CPU right now is a bit of a crapshoot in terms of future proofing IMO.

However, if you do want get a CPU right now, I think the best value currently is a delidded 3570K.
post #4 of 7
If you are overclocking, then i suggest the 2500k. The 3570k has had some few batches that have been OCing pretty well, but the 2500k is definitely going to not be as hot as the 3570k. If you are liquid cooling, then the 3570k shouldnt be a problem to get a good OC on. You may need to delid the 3570k, where as the 2500k might not require a delid for an OC higher than 4.5ghz or 4.6ghz.

I wouldnt suggest going Haswell as it looks like its just a hotter/less overclock-capable version of Ivy Bridge. Unless you are liquid cooling, this may not be the best option as Haswell looks toasty....Although Haswell is a different socket, looks like we wont be seeing 1155 boards in the future, rather a Haswell refresh....so if you want to futureproof yourself and plan on upgrading CPU's to the newer refresh.... then Haswell might be your primary option for that.

I plan on keeping my Sandy Bridge 2500k until something else is released that can pull off a 4.8ghz OC at a lower temp?
post #5 of 7
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thanks for the great responses guys.

fack man, OCN never fails to deliver.

So I am thinking of possibly buying a used 3570k as long as the seller posts stable overclocks and is selling to upgrade.
if not, ill buy new.

I will be overclocking on air, so I wont try to push it too high. Just need a CPU that wont bottleneck my 4870X2.
i think for my needs, i dont need the "latest and greatest" jsut want a good deal that wont decay in the very near future.

I just saw this vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBQtZqwQi-Q

After watching, I am convinced i don't need a haswell. i think ill save some money, go safe, and go Ivy Bridge.



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thanks for the great responses guys.

fack man, OCN never fails to deliver.

So I am thinking of possibly buying a used 3570k as long as the seller posts stable overclocks and is selling to upgrade.
if not, ill buy new.

I will be overclocking on air, so I wont try to push it too high. Just need a CPU that wont bottleneck my 4870X2.
i think for my needs, i dont need the "latest and greatest" jsut want a good deal that wont decay in the very near future.

I just saw this vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBQtZqwQi-Q

After watching, I am convinced i don't need a haswell. i think ill save some money, go safe, and go Ivy Bridge.



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The 3570k will be a good upgrade, im sure you can get even a decent 4.2, 4.3 OC on it even on air without a delid. If you ever wanted to go higher, just go liquid or try a delid and see where that takes you. If you live near a microcenter you can take advantage of this 3570k (only in store deal)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_Socket_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor

They have been ranging from $170 (i think a couple weeks ago) but now it looks like theyre back up to $190.... the 2500k is priced at around 200 ish dollars right now, making the 3570k a good deal if you can get it for cheaper (like microcenter).

Id wait for the Haswell refresh and see if the CPU's are worth getting before completely upgrading to the new motherboards.
post #7 of 7
i7-3820 if you have a microcenter. You wont have to void your warranty and it will run cool. You should be able to get 4.6 ghz easy witu a good cooler. If you are on water you could reach 5.0ghz. Many people overlook the 3820 but do your research and you will be surprised by this cpu.
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