Top 10 Best Bang for the Buck CPU Processor
created by JCrew
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Whether it be AMD or Intel, well, hopefully this list can decide it all.  We're not looking for the fastest or the latest but rather the cpu that gives us consumers the best value. 

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Core i3-550
posted by JCrew - 1/14/2011
24 Ratings
Score: 
42
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Currently at $125.00.

  • 3.20 GHz Desktop Processor
  • 4 MB Cache
  • Dual-core with four-way multi-task processing
  • Socket LGA 1156
  • 73 watt TDP
7
Intel Core i5-760
posted by JCrew - 1/14/2011
29 Ratings
Score: 
48
%

Currently at $205.00.

  • 2.80 GHz, up to 3.33 GHz Max Turbo Frequency with 8 MB Intel Smart Cache
  • Supports up to 16 MB of dual-channel DDR3-1066/1333
  • Quad-core with four-way multi-task processing
  • Requires a motherboard with a LGA1156 socket
  • 95 watt TDP
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Intel Core i3-3220
posted by redmetroid - 2/24/2013
10 Ratings
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50
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5
Intel Core i5-2500K
posted by JCrew - 2/25/2011
31 Ratings
Score: 
55
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$230.00

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Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge)
posted by JCrew - 1/26/2011
29 Ratings
Score: 
55
%

With the new Sandy Bridge cpus, it essentially obsoletes the older Intel i3/i5/i7 since the new Sandy Bridge cpus are faster than the older (fastest) i7.  The only drawback of the Sandy Bridge cpus is that it requires a new type of socket, thus, the upgrade path will require a new system or at least a new motherboard.  Full review from Tom's Hardware can be found here.

There are other Sandy Bridge cpus out there that are faster than the i5-2400 but frankly, they're simply there for bragging rights as this cpu provides enough performance for any task including gaming and is the best value for the money.

Price: $195

Specs:  32nm, Quad-core 3.1GHz, Intel HD Graphics 2000, 95 watt TDP, Dual-channel DDR3 memory support, socket LGA1155

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Intel Core i5 3550 Processor
posted by redmetroid - 5/15/2012
16 Ratings
Score: 
56
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$210

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Intel Core i5 3450 Processor
posted by redmetroid - 5/18/2012
11 Ratings
Score: 
64
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$190

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Intel Core i3-4130
posted by redmetroid - 10/23/2013
6 Ratings
Score: 
67
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