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Which CPU should I buy for gaming?

As the title says should I use my money on an i5 4690k and overclock it or save up some more money and buy a xeon e3 1231 v3. I'm using my pc for mainly gaming, video streaming and a bit of photoshop here and there but nothing too serious I'm also open to other suggestions than these 2 cpu's.
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  1. There are a few questions that we need before we can recommend a CPU. If you are upgrading a system, what is your upgrade budget and what parts do you have? If you're building a new system, what's your budget and which kind of performance are you looking for? Where do you live (for pricing)?
  2. Just grab a core i5, they're great for gaming and a little bit cheaper. There's nothing wrong with a xeon but if your main purpose is gaming, I dont really see the need for a xeon anyhow.
  3. apk24 said:
    There are a few questions that we need before we can recommend a CPU. If you are upgrading a system, what is your upgrade budget and what parts do you have? If you're building a new system, what's your budget and which kind of performance are you looking for? Where do you live (for pricing)?


    I don't have a budget atm as I'm earning money over the summer, I live in Ireland so it will be in euro and I'm upgrading from my pentium G3258 and going to upgrade my r9 280 but im waiting until the gtx 1060 is released to take a look at that and the non-reference versions of the rx 480. I currently have enough for the i5 4690k and about 20-40 euro more for the xeon
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    Macanno said:

    I don't have a budget atm as I'm earning money over the summer, I live in Ireland so it will be in euro and I'm upgrading from my pentium G3258 and going to upgrade my r9 280 but im waiting until the gtx 1060 is released to take a look at that and the non-reference versions of the rx 480. I currently have enough for the i5 4690k and about 20-40 euro more for the xeon


    I assume you have a Z97 mobo? In that case the i5-4690k is your best performance per value upgrade.
  5. I have an Asus H81m-plus which supports overclocking, would this need upgrading?
  6. An h81 that supports overclocking? No it shouldn't need upgrading. I was just asking because a k series cpu doesn't make sense w/o an OC capable mobo.
  7. It depends, some H81 boards can overclock others cannot. Your H81 board SHOULD be able to overclock, but honestly I dont really see the benefit of overclocking for the money. The increased stress on your processor, the increased power draw, heat output, and price don't really entice me to overclock. If you got the non-overclockable i5 4460 or 4590, then you could save potentially $40-60 depending on your setup
  8. apk24 said:
    An h81 that supports overclocking? No it shouldn't need upgrading. I was just asking because a k series cpu doesn't make sense w/o an OC capable mobo.


    Ok, thanks for the help! :)
  9. profoundnoah said:
    It depends, some H81 boards can overclock others cannot. Your H81 board SHOULD be able to overclock, but honestly I dont really see the benefit of overclocking for the money. The increased stress on your processor, the increased power draw, heat output, and price don't really entice me to overclock. If you got the non-overclockable i5 4460 or 4590, then you could save potentially $40-60 depending on your setup


    Seconded. Though, if you went out of your way to buy an H81 mobo that supports ocing, it might not just be about the performance for you. OC setups almost never provide the same price/performance as non-OC setups. I do it because it's fun.
  10. profoundnoah said:
    It depends, some H81 boards can overclock others cannot. Your H81 board SHOULD be able to overclock, but honestly I dont really see the benefit of overclocking for the money. The increased stress on your processor, the increased power draw, heat output, and price don't really entice me to overclock. If you got the non-overclockable i5 4460 or 4590, then you could save potentially $40-60 depending on your setup


    Would the two processors you mentioned be able to handle all titles and not bottleneck with any gpu. I'm playing on 1080p and I want to get high solid frame rates.
  11. As far as a core i5 goes, there will be very little if any bottlenecks at all, since the i5 is a fantastic processor.
  12. i5-4460 and 4590 are both solid processors, will last you a decent while. They're in the same performance class as 4690k, just slightly lower clock and locked multiplier.
  13. Ok thanks for the help :) I'm gonna go with an i5 and save the rest on getting a good gpu
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