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September 2, 2012 7:10:09 PM

currently i have a amd phenom ii x4 840 3.2 ghz cpu and im looking to upgrade. i realize ill probably have to buy a new mobo for a decent upgrade. my budget for the cpu is $150-250. im thinking either upgrading to the intel 2500k or the amd fx 6200. which is better for gaming and why? thanks.

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September 2, 2012 7:38:09 PM

if you intend to buy a CPU for gaming, get the intel CPUs. AMD CPUs are better suited for other applications like a HD video editing, movie encoding and 3d animation(multimedia stuff). I have done a small research for myself to buy a CPU and based on many bench marks I saw in net, I am saying it. there is not even a competition from AMD among most of the intel series(click here) For your budget, and if u plan to overclock, go for the 3rd generation i5 3570K which is $229. Actually there are a range of 3rd generation processors starting from $200
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September 2, 2012 11:04:45 PM

why are intel cpu's better for gaming? ive always thought higher operating frequency and larger cache size = better proc. yet the 2500k for example has 3.3ghz operating frequency and less l2 and l3 cache than the 6200 yet from the research ive done the 2500k wins. i must be missing something.
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September 2, 2012 11:31:29 PM

I would wait until AMD makes their next release of processor, then you should be able to pick something up alot less expensive. Some time this fall, i would think before Thanksgiving.
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September 3, 2012 3:24:15 PM

thanks for your input but i would still like to know why intel cpu's are better for gaming than amd.
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September 3, 2012 4:07:45 PM

coz of their architecture .. intel cpu have hyper threading and turbo boost.. both are beneficial from a gaming perspective. however amd cpu are no slouch either. the difference isn't so much that you would notice at all
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September 4, 2012 3:24:33 AM

i see, thanks.
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