I'm building a new system with a budget of about 750-800$. After reading a lot of reviews and benchmarks I was kind of impressed by the gaming performance of the Pentium G600s and G800s. They look awesome from a price/performance perspective.
That said, I'm going to use this new computer almost exclusively for gaming and was intending to spend most of my budget on a good card... something like a GTX 660 ti. Would these CPUs be able to handle gaming at 1080p without any problems ? I'm really not into CPU overclocking at all so I guess that would leave me with a few Core i3 and i5 to look at in case the Pentiums are not enough. I also tried to find information about potentiel bottlenecks but I didn't have any luck with that.
Also, I read these have no hyper threading (is that even what it's called ?). How do they fare when you're not gaming ? Is multi tasking as bad as I have read on some boards ?
With the 660Ti's going for around $300 that's almost half your budget and while it's a greqat card and certianly worth getting , you may not be able to get it with a $750-$800 budget. If there is a possability of increasing the budget then hopefully you can squeeze one in. You will most certianly need to get as low a priced cpu as possible that will work with the video card.
This is the cpu that would be the minimum to get with the 660Ti and it doesn't have Hyperthreading , but it has a good stock speed of just under 3ghz and it's only $100.
The only drawback with not having hyperthreading is that you just have the two cores to work with and that's it so multitasking will suffer. If you were able to swing a better cpu then you would be better off naturaly.
This one is a true quad core and gives you a full four cores ( no hyperthreading) and the cores don't have to share resources as in hyperthreading since they have thier own core. But it's $80 more than the G870 and would be harder to incorporate into a build with your budget amount.
I see. I guess it would be possible to increase the budget a bit by delaying the purchase for 1 or 2 weeks more, but I wouldn't be able to get it to more than 1000$.
The i3 and i5 look like great choices for their price as well. I'd really want to fit 660ti in there (originally intended to go with a 670 but the budget got tighter) and will probably have to make cuts somewhere else in the build. The modular PSU, the SSD and the 110$ case might have to take the axe.
The total for this build with the i5-2310 would be $861.92 and shows you what I was talking about with choosing the different cpus and what it would do to your budget amount. If you need an Operating System then you will have to add $100 to this total , so the choice becomes yours and your budget amount as to what you want to do. With showing you the prices for all the different parts you can get a sense of what you need to do to keep on budget or go over.