Deffo best CPU on the planet... I MUST SAY, RUNS ON LITTLE POWER & also runs very Cool indeed.
Did not go for the (K) variety because I personally chose not to 'OC' Im very happy with stock 3.3Ghz - 3.7Ghz Turbo Boost Once you need that extra power its always available.
In most benchmarks its already beating most AMD HEX-CORE CPU's so what does that say, just look on and you will get the evidence,
including YouTube reviews.
If you want a high powered CPU without going over budget well the Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155
is the ticket... "One Way!" - Only Purchase the (K)edition, if you intend to over-clock, and buy a 'high spec' "Z68 MSI GD65 GEN 3 mobo".HAVE 16X PCI-E BANDWIDTH
Which there's lots to chose from. Its no longer like watching paint dry, "its like Blink' and the Job, well its done". very impressive stuff.
If you want to keep your options open for months down the road the spend the extra £8 quid and buy the (i5 2500K edition), it will also have higher resale value.
Personally the 'non' (K) version is fast enough for all my needs including video rendering, so its no slouch there either..
Thanks for reading...
MY Board *MSI Z68 GD65 GEN 3 MOTHERBOARD*, *Bought on Amazon UK* - HAS THE NEW GEN 3 X16 X16 FULL PCI-E EXPRESS 16x PCI-E v3.0 FULL DUAL LANES FOR GPU's DO A U-TUBE REVIEW
Edit: the 2500 (K) is still the cooler and better overclocker compared with 3rd Gen Ivy bridge 22nm CPU.! Which has no real advantage over the older i5 2500 (K)
However the new Z77 Motherboard's are substantially faster, and are compatible with the slightly older i5 2500 series.
I have since upgraded to the 2550K series over my previous 2500 (i5) its great fun overclocking now that intel have made it very easy.