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What is a good gaming CPU?

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July 26, 2013 5:01:54 AM

I'm building my first rig and right now I have chosen an AMD 8-core but I'm unsure wether or not that is the best for gaming. Truthfully I only have it selected because it has the most cores.

Comments/opinions/suggestions welcome

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July 26, 2013 5:11:01 AM

Dertie said:
I'm building my first rig and right now I have chosen an AMD 8-core but I'm unsure wether or not that is the best for gaming. Truthfully I only have it selected because it has the most cores.

Comments/opinions/suggestions welcome


Most games aren't very good at taking advantage of multiple cores. Single threaded performance is much more important in most cases. In short, the Core i5 comfortably beats the AMD chips in gaming and are considered the best CPUs for gaming.

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July 26, 2013 5:22:08 AM

In truth the FX-8350 can keep up with a i5 3570K in every game with no problem what so ever. I have a FX-8350 based rig as well as a i5 3570K and there is nothing my i5 rig can do that my FX rigs can't. The only reason I even built a i5 rig was to run OS X otherwise I would not even have built one. There was really no reason to do so for gaming as the two FX rigs i already had could handle every game there is and still can.
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July 26, 2013 7:17:00 AM

Wisecracker said:

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz


$110 through Monday





This is what I currently have selected, is it good for gaming?
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July 26, 2013 7:35:00 AM


You betcha.

Don't go too cheap on your mobo.



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July 26, 2013 8:36:38 AM

Wisecracker said:

You betcha.

Don't go too cheap on your mobo.





Thanks, I won't.
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July 30, 2013 4:33:04 AM

bryonhowley said:
In truth the FX-8350 can keep up with a i5 3570K in every game with no problem what so ever.


This simply isn't true. E.g. have a look at Anandtech Bench. The i5 trounces the FX chip is every gaming benchmark:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=701
(the gaming benchmarks are at the bottom)

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July 31, 2013 2:37:47 AM

Wisecracker said:

feel free to keep deluding yourself to justify over-paying for a processor.


You don't like Anand? Then what about Tom's:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-frame-rate-performance,3427-9.html

AMD's processors do come closer to Intel's last-gen and Ivy Bridge-based Core i3s. Indeed, the FX-8350, FX-6300, and FX-4300 are nipping at the entry-level Intel chip.

So according to Tom's the FX chips can't even match the Core i3, never mind the i5.


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