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October 17, 2011 11:59:49 PM

Hi! I just want to know which is the best AMD cpu for gaming. I don't mind the series, I just want the best till now (including FX).. I am going to build a gaming rig.. My settings will be the highest possible, the screen resolution 1920x1080.. And the gpu Radeon hd 6950..

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October 18, 2011 12:27:26 AM

If money is no issue get the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition. There are a ton of benchmarks comparing the 1100T vs the FX-8150. Alot of fake results but also a few legit ones. End of the day the 8-core CPU does beat the 1100T CPU but not by much. So I would forget all the hype of the 8-core and buy AMD's 2nd best CPU for like $60 cheaper. Don't take my word for it though I'm but a newbie still to this forum. :p 
October 18, 2011 12:44:51 AM

Thanks for your opinion! And I believe too that 60$ more for the 8150 don't worth it.. The strange thing is that I saw the benchmarks in here: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html Look that the 8120 has almost 10000, byt probably it's mistaken.. I'm a newbie too..;)
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October 18, 2011 12:52:05 AM

I have a Phenom II 955 overclocked to 3.6 GHZ (so far) and it runs everything nicely on my 6970. Maybe a higher clocked (975-980) 4 core may be a little better at the gaming? Should last ya until they get bulldozer figured out, if they do...
October 18, 2011 1:05:39 AM

I have also checked the Phenom II x4 980.. It has nice benches but in Greece where i am from is only by little cheaper by the 1090T black edition (10euros).. So till now 6core cpus think that worth more.. In the summer i was waiting like crazy for the bulldozers but now I am dissapointed.. Despite that I will wait for a little time cause the last 3 days in my country the 8150 has dropped from 260 to 240 euros.. If it would drop to 210-220, I may reconsider.. Till then i am living with a core2 quad Q9400.. It's ok for the moment till I decide. Thanks anyway..:) !
October 18, 2011 3:39:46 AM

I don't think a core 2 quad is going to be much slower than the 1090T... From what I gather, the 1090 excells more in heavily threaded apps and not so much in games.
Check out this site....
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
You can select various CPU's and it will give you the bench comparison. from what I seen, the 1090T won't give you a whole lot more performance in games compared to your Q9400.
October 18, 2011 6:28:00 AM

The truth is that Q9400 has served me well the last three years but as said in the beginning I want a new proccessor for a new rig.. Anyways my current PC isn't going to be "off" because I will give it to my younger brother.. It has on it an nvidia 9800 GT 1gb ddr3 and it's pretty good for playing games in medium settings.. Also nice site.. Very informative bounce: !
October 18, 2011 11:22:08 AM

Well if you really want to build, the 1090T or even 1100T would make you happy. I am just thinking maybe save ya some bucks, or if you can wait, investigate other areas of your computer to see if you can get some better gaming out of the current machine you have.
October 18, 2011 11:58:55 AM

try bulldozer
October 18, 2011 12:13:54 PM

Well if u really want AMD, though I suggest Intel if you want gaming performance, u could either go for this AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE, although it's a waste of cash, or u could try this AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE, more than enough for gaming, and for the extra cash u can spend'em on better GPU.
October 18, 2011 1:53:21 PM

The 955 be, with a nice healthy overclock will beat the 6 cores in gaming. Denab is stronger than Thuban.
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October 18, 2011 2:06:11 PM

Phenom II X4 955 BE and AM3+ mobo.
October 18, 2011 2:32:09 PM

I think the op has mentioned the X4's are hard to come by where he is....
October 18, 2011 2:36:17 PM

ru_1980 said:
I think the op has mentioned the X4's are hard to come by where he is....

I don't see that anywhere.


October 18, 2011 2:50:17 PM

Well.. In the beginning I hadn't really given a chance to 955, but if is not going to see any important difference from the sixcores, it seems a reasonable choice and in a nice price.. Does anyone know how much can this one be overclocked with a HyperTX3 cooler??
October 18, 2011 3:20:05 PM

The last systme builder marathon I think they got it up to 3.8 on stock cooling, so you could hit about 4ghz. I would look at the new hyper 212 evo for cooling though.
October 18, 2011 4:30:24 PM

I just asked for HyperTX3 because I already own this cooler.. And 4gh sounds nice to me..:) 
October 18, 2011 4:50:14 PM

Yeah then by all means use it.
October 18, 2011 8:02:29 PM

zooted said:
I don't see that anywhere.

Sorry...mis-read. I guess it was implied that the price difference isn't much; which could be due to higher demand of the 4 cores.
My bad.
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October 18, 2011 8:18:57 PM

The best AMD CPU for gaming begins with "I" and ends with "ntel"...
October 18, 2011 8:29:08 PM

ares1214 said:
The best AMD CPU for gaming begins with "I" and ends with "ntel"...

HAHA ya....but he asked for AMD. If he knows bulldozer isn't all that great I am SURE he has seen I5 2500 and I7 2600 lots.
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October 19, 2011 12:14:27 AM

If you have money to spend on a faster CPU you should look into Intel (i5-2500k).

The gap between AMD/Intel in gaming is ever so increasing with high end GPU setups.

On a more important note, your Q9400 with a little overclocking will be nearly as fast as the Phenom II CPUs in gaming (within 400mhz), especially with a single 6950. Some C2Q actually have higher IPC than Phenom II. Yours maybe not so much, only having 6MB L2, but it's darn close.

Wait until you need more GPU power than a 6950 and then upgrade the rest of your system. :) 

My Q9550 is lasting me til IvyBridge. Runs my 6970 just as good as my friend's 4.6ghz i5-2500k ran his GTX 570. He has SLI now however =] so he's pushing massive frames hehe. C2Q AND Phenom II can't handle GTX 570 SLI without a tough amount of bottlenecking.

Still haven't found a game I'm not more than happy with using a single 6970, except maybe BF3. It ran great for me during beta but on release they'll be including tessellation. We'll see!
October 20, 2011 6:33:17 AM

I have checked the intel cpus mentioned, but are far more expensive according to my expectations and my budjet.. I know that have a good performance but in that price thanks, I will go with AMD... As for the q9400, I will give this to my brother to replace his "dead" pentium 4 640 cpu.. He will be more than happy with the core2quad..:) !! And for the gpu (in Greece where I am from) I have found a very great deal for the 6950 so it's really hard to find something else that its value will be close to my money...
October 20, 2011 6:46:52 AM

gp7 said:
Hi! I just want to know which is the best AMD cpu for gaming. I don't mind the series, I just want the best till now (including FX).. I am going to build a gaming rig.. My settings will be the highest possible, the screen resolution 1920x1080.. And the gpu Radeon hd 6950..



simply buy a x6 1100t. :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 
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October 20, 2011 11:15:51 AM

AMD Phenom II X4 960T
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