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Hi All

I have been out of the game for a while now, last build I did for a mate was a PII 955, at the time that was pretty good bang for buck.

I myself run a i5 Sandy but even that's a bit old school now I believe.

So, what is the best bang for buck processor out there at the moment? Obviously I would rather lean towards Intel for obvious reasons but I am an old school AMD fan so if they have a good performing for price CPU then I would certainly give it a look.

I live in NZ and use this site: pricespy.co.nz for my components.

To give an example of pricing, A i3 4130 is around NZ$160.

I hope to keep the whole build around NZ$600, as this is what I have been able to do in the past.

I'll also be looking for modern GPU suggestions also, but I guess thats for another thread.

Cheers
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Assuming this is your sig rig, keep the 2500k and overclock it if you have not done so yet. Any gains you got from an upgrade would not be worth the price of a new CPU+board if you went Haswell(~$500). I would say stick it out until Broadwell for a CPU upgrade. The GPU is really the only thing that would be worth upgrading in your rig right now.

For a GPU I would say go for a 770/280x, they will roughly double your GPU's performance and have a little money left over. If you want to go all-in on a video card, you might be able to swing a 290. My personal choice would be one of the Sapphire 280Xs, Nvidia cards are crazy overpriced on that site.
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Seeing how an i5-4670K is at most an 18% improvement over an i5-2500K at the same clock speed, I'd say your CPU/motherboard do not need replacing yet, at least not on your budget. I'd hold out for 14nm Broadwell (late this year) or Haswell-E (late summer) if you want to save up a bit.

GPU-wise, as Yorkston suggested, you could blow your whole budget on a GTX 770, R9 280X or what looks to be a reference Asus R9 290. Again, I would hold out a bit longer, first for heavier-duty mid-range 28nm Nvidia Maxwell (could be before June, no leaks yet), and later (late summer/fall at the earliest) for 20nm Nvidia Maxwell or AMD's 20nm parts. We've been at 28nm for far too long.

Right now just seems like a bad time to buy, as there is some good stuff in the works right now due for release this year: DDR4, 14nm CPUs, 20nm GPUs, etc. These new parts will help your system "feel" modern for a while longer than if you buy aged current tech.

P.S. If your 6950 has a dual BIOS switch, you could try to unlock it to a 6970 with little risk.
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Hi All

I have been out of the game for a while now, last build I did for a mate was a PII 955, at the time that was pretty good bang for buck.

I myself run a i5 Sandy but even that's a bit old school now I believe.

So, what is the best bang for buck processor out there at the moment? Obviously I would rather lean towards Intel for obvious reasons but I am an old school AMD fan so if they have a good performing for price CPU then I would certainly give it a look.

I live in NZ and use this site: pricespy.co.nz for my components.

To give an example of pricing, A i3 4130 is around NZ$160.

I hope to keep the whole build around NZ$600, as this is what I have been able to do in the past.

I'll also be looking for modern GPU suggestions also, but I guess thats for another thread.

Cheers

New Chipsets are coming out from Intel in a few weeks (Z97 series) with a Haswell refresh a month or two later.

If you can wait (with the 2500K I think you can) it would be a wiser choice.
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Keep the 2500K and buy the best video card you can fit into your budget. You don't need any more CPU horsepower. Ivy Bridge and Haswell are both more about improving mobile computing performance, and neither one is a quantum leap forward from your Sandy. As far as AMD goes, you can only approach your 2500K's single-core performance if you get an FX-83x0 and overclock it to at least 4.7 GHz. It's a killer multi-core beast at such speeds, but that's not as important for gaming, which is what I suspect this is mainly for.

A 2500K is still a powerful CPU, and with some overclocking, will be a viable gaming CPU for a few more years at least. You don't need to upgrade it. Go for an R9 290 or a 780 and you'll be set for a long time to come.
     
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Lol sorry guys.

Its not for me, its for a mate so its a complete new build.

As old as my stuff is I haven't really run into any walls/road blocks with any games as yet. (As for the 6950 its the toxic one which I believe is unlocked to a 6970)

So for a new build, whats the best bang for buck processor (and gpu if you guys want to answer that also). Of course this wont get massive beast performance due to budget, but yeah more leaning for performance for cost.
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It really depends on the type of game, in BF4 an FX 6300 is only very slightly slower than a 2500k, yet cheaper than an i3 4130. But in older games or games that use an older engine emphasising single core performance the Haswell i3 will win. The i3 also has lower power consumption at stock clocks, on the other hand the FX-6300 are often very good overclockers and can get very real in game boosts whereas the i3's are locked.

As for the GPU, the HD 7770 is probably the best bet to look at.
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I'd say OC is out of the picture. Or at least I don't want to provide tech support for it lol.

How are the lower end FX series? I don't think we need to be getting into the hexa core area, 4 is enough.

For example I can get a FX-4130 for $127

I'm leaning away from i3 cause its dual core, but the leap to i5 is alot. Seems no competition has ruined intel a bit lol.


By the way using this site: www.pricespy.co.nz
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FX-4130 is Bulldozer. If you're set on a quad-core FX, spend the extra $14 that site wants for the FX-4300 and get a Piledriver core instead. Bulldozer just isn't worth it unless you overclock.
     
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The 760k is in my opinion about the cheapest cpu I would go for a budget gaming cpu. I believe it is essentially a 6800k without the integrated graphics. And it's a cpu around $100, newer than the bulldozer chip and there are cheaper motherboards. Then spend your money on the best gpu you can get.
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