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WHICH ON IS BETTER AMD FX-8120 OR CORE I5 2500K IN GAMING & FOR THE FUTURE

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December 1, 2011 5:56:32 PM

WHICH ONE IS BETTER
AMD FX-8120 OR CORE I5 2500K
IN GAMING & FOR THE FUTURE ??
December 1, 2011 7:03:37 PM

For gaming I would go with the i5. But one could argue the FX would be better for the future. Overall though, I'd go with the i5.
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December 1, 2011 7:04:27 PM

Right now for games it would be very hard to beat the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K as the best processor for gaming. The issue is that very few games can take advantage of more then 4 threads and those that do yield very small improvements for additional cores/threads (you may get a % point or two).

Now in order for this to change something would have to happen in the compiler/programing front that makes it a great deal easier to add additional threads to the multi-threading support on the program. I have a friend that is a Ruby programer and he hates trying to program anything multi-threaded let allow trying get support for 4 or more threads out of it.

So while anything could change I don't think that the investment in the Intel Core i5-2500K could lead you wrong for gaming.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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December 2, 2011 3:16:37 AM

get the 2500k then upgrade to ivybridge next year, fx sucks honestly amd screwed up big time.
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December 2, 2011 4:14:00 AM

Get the 2500k. The FX 8120 only wins in a few areas, and while it's a better value than the 8150 it's still not going to stand up to the 2500k in gaming once you start overclocking..
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December 2, 2011 4:51:11 AM

for gaming, the 2500k is the better choice. fx has more cores but most of the new games don't even properly use 4 cores. and by the time the games utilize 4+ cores, the 8120 wont be able to keep up with then-available processors.
also you get to upgrade to ivy bridge since they're backwards compatible with lga 1155.
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December 2, 2011 4:54:16 AM

2500k hands down!

proud sandy bridge user here!
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