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Best CPU under $300 for gaming?

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July 25, 2009 1:54:40 AM

Like the title asks best CPU in your opinion for under $300 for gaming?

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July 25, 2009 2:03:13 AM

Are you upgrading or building a whole new system
July 25, 2009 2:08:05 AM

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.
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July 25, 2009 2:14:25 AM

+1. But shouldn't there be a i7 coming out on the i5 platform?
July 25, 2009 2:18:39 AM

Give us a budget for your whole system in the "New Build" section.
July 25, 2009 2:50:17 AM

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.
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July 25, 2009 3:51:51 AM

Dual Cores for gaming. Quad cores for gaming + virus/adware scans.
July 25, 2009 4:01:41 AM

July 25, 2009 4:48:29 AM

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.
July 25, 2009 5:12:26 AM

Me likey my triple core!
July 25, 2009 5:26:14 PM

Me likey my octo-cluster! haha
May 24, 2013 2:42:44 AM

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
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May 24, 2013 4:36:39 AM

raiyanahmed55 said:
dirtmountain said:
Strictly CPU that would be the i7 920 imo $280

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?