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Dual X5690 or i7 3960x for gaming.

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February 6, 2012 8:23:46 PM

Hi guys, just out of curiosity and I'm a complete noob when it comes to knowing anything about computers (but I'm learning) but what is the better CPU for gaming? Can you also give me reasons to why one is better than the other. Thank you.

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February 6, 2012 8:42:03 PM

Can you find a server motherboard that's excellent for gaming? If not, then the i7 3960X is the best solution (very few people would spend that much money for a gaming PC).
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February 6, 2012 8:46:47 PM

both of those are very expensive platforms

the xeon x5690 is a server cpu as far as i know so can support a huge amount of error checking memory

the cost of the motherboard would be severe as well

really a pc based around the 2500k would be the best bet as the 3960x is a very expensive cpu--so unless you have

lots of money to burn that would be the best bet

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February 6, 2012 8:47:25 PM

Have you more money than sense sir ?

A 2500K will cover absolutely all of your gaming needs for years to come so save yourself alot of money and buy it instead.
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February 6, 2012 10:07:24 PM

Would be wise to spend money on other thing than buy either of those cpus for gaming.

Niether will offer anything more than the 2500k for the price premium that they cost. CPU performance in gaming caps at the 2500k so spend your money on other things like better gpu, monitors or maybe donating it to the poor.
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February 6, 2012 10:32:40 PM

One of those cpu's costs almost as much as most people's system.
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February 6, 2012 11:29:55 PM

Mate, neither of those are suitable CPUs for gaming. Yes, they will do the job, but only in the same way that an F15 will get you to the shops.

If gaming is your only purpose, every penny spent over the cost of an i5 2500k is a penny wasted.
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February 7, 2012 2:30:42 AM

It's pretty funny how most of you didn't really read the question right. I didn't say that I was buying these CPUs. I don't care about how much money it costs. All I wanted to know was what was the best CPU out of those 2 for gaming and why.
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February 7, 2012 2:44:19 AM

3960x.
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February 7, 2012 2:54:28 AM

Thank you amuffin.
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February 7, 2012 2:54:41 AM

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February 7, 2012 3:15:08 AM

theunk0wn said:
It's pretty funny how most of you didn't really read the question right. I didn't say that I was buying these CPUs. I don't care about how much money it costs. All I wanted to know was what was the best CPU out of those 2 for gaming and why.

if you read all the replies, you would now know which cpu is best for gaming.
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February 7, 2012 3:45:13 AM

I just love the X79 platform, full of features yet to be supported, at least for once Intel actually give you a chipset with all the bells and whistles, sadly for a stupid permium to.

I think someone already said this but a 2500K/Z68 build with a solid GPU will more than solve you dilema and will save you a few pound sterling.
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February 7, 2012 5:08:37 AM

The 3960x is newer; higher ipc (instructions per clock), and with most games not even using 4 cores, it is better than the x5690.
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February 7, 2012 11:41:25 AM

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