For a budget to midrange gaming system, for where i am only concerned about playing Diablo 3, League of Legends and maybe WoW - would i be best off going for AMD or Intel cpus?
I know an i5 2500k is a fantastic CPU for gaming, but if i could save some money and go for a cheaper CPU that would run all of those games just fine - i would prefer though!
Could anyone vouch for either company, and advise a model?
I have maximum of £150 for a CPU, but obviously wouldn't mind spending less if i can get something that would do the job for cheaper!
For a mid-range budget I would go AMD. Yes intel has some great CPU's but their price point would cause you to sacrifice on other aspects of your build. Try looking into the 960T if you can get your hands on one for a good price it's a very cool CPU.
I have a 960T, even @ 1280x1024 when I unlocked it to an X6, i gained 20% FPS specifically on BF3, which should be a benchmark for modern games - ie, they're heavily threaded to make use of extra cores.
So moral of the story, if you can, pick up an X6, whilst it will be under utilized at the moment, it will be worth it in the future, or as I did, pick up a 960T and get a motherboard that can 'unlock' the other 2 cores.
I believe there's about a 60% chance you can successfully unlock all cores.
On a side note, if you do go with a phenom II, if you OC get a cheap after market cooler, the stock coolers (as always are very crap.) something like an CM 212 + or 212 Evo can keep your CPU cooler, resulting in better and more stable overclocks, and much better component life.
Also don't forget to OC the Northbridge, the Phenoms in particular are quite receptive to an extra NB speed boost.
Hi all! Thanks for the replies.
A quick question, which kinda relates to this but saves opening another thread - what is the difference between ATX and Micro ATX motherboards, other than size?
Can i use a mini-atx in a 'normal' sized case?
Unless you are deliberatly trying to fit it into a small wee case, don't bother with an mini ATX as you are kneecapping yourself in the long run, but limited your expansion ability in the future. If you have a full size case, there is no advantage, only disadvantages to going with the a smaller mobo.