Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: January 2011

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Stardude82

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Odd you don't have the i5-2300 and i5-2400 up on your board even if they were mention in the article. I was wondering if they were going to get stuck on the top or the second to the top. That being said, the i3-2100 isn't even out yet.
 

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[citation][nom]stardude82[/nom]Odd you don't have the i5-2300 and i5-2400 up on your board even if they were mention in the article. [/citation]

Haven't been able to test them. Once that's out of the way I can assign them an appropriate place. :)
 

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I'm thinking about upgrading from my Phenom 955BE to a i7 2600K simply because the price is very low for Intel while providing performance on-par with their 980X which is significantly more expensive.

The only problem I have is I want to use SLI, but I need a board with enough space between the slots to use aftermarket coolers.
 

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summary
$100 ---------> Athlon II x3 or x4
$150 ---------> Make another $70
$220----------> Core i5 2500k
$330----------> Core i5 2500k, use $110 for a better GPU
 

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i'm regret of buying 760..after only 1 month, there is new sandy bridge with more bang for buck..
 

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I really love this article and the Best Graphics Card For The Money article as well. I'm always referencing these two articles as I make builds. Will we ever see a Best Gaming MOBO For The Money article?
 

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[citation][nom]hardcore_gamer[/nom]summary$100 ---------> Athlon II x3 or x4$150 ---------> Make another $70$220----------> Core i5 2500k$330----------> Core i5 2500k, use $110 for a better GPU[/citation]

Agreed. When people ask me sugestions about which cpu to buy, it's one of those two.
"Oh but I have a lot to spend, what's better than the i5 2500k?"
"Get a better gpu. Or a SSD. Or more memory. Or a good air cooler. Anything, really..."
 

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I was patient one month for Sandy-B release. I'm pretty happy for that. Got for 199 euros the i5 2500. You wanna know which processor I replaced? "E7300"! Made its money that old-dog!

Now the next upgrade will not come for long time... and when will come, must have lower nm architect and higher clocks! i5 2500 will do perfectly, fast and economic its job!

Also I got 460GTX OC 1GB for 199 euros too... I really would like to wait for 560 but couldn't resist anymore... The card I replaced was the xFx 7950GTX. That time, 3+ years before, bought Gamer PC 1500 euros!!! I don't make that mistake again! Now I went one scale lower, to "enthusiasts" for 900 euros!

If TH will not include some parts I got, really I don't give a damn and not a chance to think its "dead". Don't get into that trap and think about upgrade without reason!...
 

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[citation][nom]deo domuique[/nom]I was patient one month for Sandy-B release. I'm pretty happy for that. Got for 199 euros the i5 2500. You wanna know which processor I replaced? "E7300"! Made its money that old-dog! Now the next upgrade will not come for long time... and when will come, must have lower nm architect and higher clocks! i5 2500 will do perfectly, fast and economic its job! Also I got 460GTX OC 1GB for 199 euros too... I really would like to wait for 560 but couldn't resist anymore... The card I replaced was the xFx 7950GTX. That time, 3+ years before, bought Gamer PC 1500 euros!!! I don't make that mistake again! Now I went one scale lower, to "enthusiasts" for 900 euros! If TH will not include some parts I got, really I don't give a damn and not a chance to think its "dead". Don't fall into that trap and think about upgrade without reason!...[/citation]
 

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people forget that the phnom II line was to content with the core2quads and it rips them a new asshole, AMD havfe missed a generation (core i5, i7) competitors, and now fusion looks romising im a little worried about bulldozer though
 

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Best CPU for 300: i7-2500k (Or at any price)
Agreed. I like your sense of humor, too. If intel DID put a 1000 price tag on that chip, you can bet the sales would be the same.
 

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Hate Intel and his "no, you can't reuse your old mobo".
From an updater perspective, AMD costs much less. You should add a motherboard price to each Sandy Bridge.
 

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I'm a little surprised the first gaming CPU is the $90 x3 455. I would figure one of the $70 x3s to start the line. Not sure what pricing looked like when written, but the 3.2 ghz x3 450 is $10 cheaper. $10 isn't worth 100 mhz if I'm looking at an entry level budget build.
 

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Why is there a Phenom II X4 in the 2nd top tier and a Phenom II X6?
Still, the Phenom II X4 975 is still not worth the price because the i7 950 still rocks.

I'm gonna have to get me one of those i7 2600K, but I'm going to wait until a revision comes out.
 

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a misprint I believe is in the last article for" Jan. on best CPU" in the third paragragh "Intel's Sandy Bridge Architecture" 3 rd sentance reads as follows

"But what matters to gamers is how they fast they can push frames out when paired with a discrete graphics card, and for that, you're going to want P67 Express with its CrossFire and SLI support"

I think they meant to say "how fast they can push the frames out"
 
[citation][nom]marraco[/nom]Hate Intel and his "no, you can't reuse your old mobo".From an updater perspective, AMD costs much less. You should add a motherboard price to each Sandy Bridge.[/citation]

New memory architecture and a single clock generator necessitated a new motherboard. No different then why AM3 basically came and went on the AMD side...

I'd prefer it this way to all the chaos involving LGA 775 and all its chipset variations and CPU support...
 
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