Sandy or Ivy i5 for new gaming build - $250

HelpMeObi

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Anyone have a chart or knowledge on what I should get as my cpu. It's a fresh build with an old mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136038

Using a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870.

I don't want to spend more than $250, and all I will be using this for will be casual internet and gaming (Guild Wars 2 as maxed out as possible). - I've heard the i5 2500k is good.

Thanks all for your help. Live long and prosper!

 
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It runs cooler, btw did you know the i5-3570k only performs 3% faster on average? This really doesn't justify the amount of extra money being payed, when you can just overclock the 2500k!

birrdd123

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You would need to upgrade your motherboard as well to use an i5. Theyre LGA 1155. Your board is 775, so it wont be compatible with the SB or IB i5s.

If you dont plan to overclock, you could grab an i5 2400 and a cheap MOBO for 250. That would still play any game, and never bottleneck the 6870.
 

HelpMeObi

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Rats. Guess I know what to upgrade first then. You wouldn't happen to have any mobos in mind that pair well with an i5 and my Radeon HD 6870?

budget for a mobo would be ~ $150
 

HelpMeObi

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Only 3% ??? Geez... Thanks Amuffin - you saved me some money!
 

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