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Old 09-17-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
Hameister
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Default Re: First Gaming Build under $2000 - please help

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Originally Posted by starik View Post
I had planned on doing mild overclocking, maybe 4.0-4.2, something like that. I've never overclocked before, so I don't want to mess anything up, and I hear it's not really necessary for most games.

That is in part why I considered the i5-3570k, because I wasn't planning on overclocking high enough to worry about ivy bridge's heat issues.

But I don't know what I may decide to do in the future. Do you agree with Accurate that the 2500k is a better choice? I'll definitely consider the 1000W PSU, because you're right about the possibility of adding a second graphics card down the line.

Thank you for the advice.
Everything you're saying makes sense. No, I cannot agree with Accurate. It has now reached the point where the 2500k and the 3570k are about the same price.

The 3570k is made on a thinner die, produces less heat, and is Ivy Bridge architecture, vs. the older, lower performing, Sandy Bridge architecture of the 2500k, for the same price. Doesn't make any sense to me to purchase the 2500k when the price is the same, or very close.

For mild OC'ing the 212 will be just fine, but if you think you might really want to get into it, buy a better cooler.
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