Best CPU under $300 for gaming?

Like the title asks best CPU in your opinion for under $300 for gaming?
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  1. Are you upgrading or building a whole new system
  2. It will be a new system. My current system is just too old to upgrade. If there is a best option for the money that might be the way to go as well. I just don't want to sacrifice a lot of performance to save $50.
  3. Strictly CPU that would be the i7 920 imo $280
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202
  4. +1. But shouldn't there be a i7 coming out on the i5 platform?
  5. Give us a budget for your whole system in the "New Build" section.
  6. So the quad core is the way to go now a days for gaming? I only ask because the last system I built the quads had just came out and everyone's opinion was the Dual cores at a higher clock speed were far superior to the lower speed quad cores for gaming.
  7. Dual Cores for gaming. Quad cores for gaming + virus/adware scans.
  8. Agree on the 2 cores for gaming, 4 cores for games and virus/adware scans. Or if you don't mind buying AMD, you can get one of the 4 core processors with a locked core for 3 cores at a lower price than a 4 core.

    If you only play single player games, then it would be entire feasible to have two separate accounts. One where on startup it would be networked and have virus/adware applications running, and one where on startup it would have networking disabled and not start virus/adware applications. You might be able to squeeze online games onto two cores, but I'd probably disable virus scanners then and trust a proactive firewall like Comodo.
  9. Me likey my triple core!
  10. Me likey my octo-cluster! haha
  11. dirtmountain said:
    Strictly CPU that would be the i7 920 imo $280
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202


    It's 339 $ and its not good for gaming (2.66 GHz of crap speed)
  12. Aa, I prefer these CPUs: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor
    (6M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz) $230

    Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1230 v2
    (8M Cache, 3.7GHz) $ 240

    Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor
    (6M Cache, up to 3.7 GHz) $ 225

    Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor
    (8M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz) $ 310

    Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Processor
    (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz) $ 330

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1683548/intel-cpu-300.html
  13. HUGE Necro.
  14. raiyanahmed55 said:
    dirtmountain said:
    Strictly CPU that would be the i7 920 imo $280
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202


    It's 339 $ and its not good for gaming (2.66 GHz of crap speed)
    4 years ago it was excellent, but why revive such an old thread?
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