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[TH] Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2011

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This hierarchy is originally based on the average performance each CPU achieved in our charts test suite using only four game titles: Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3, World in Conflict, and Supreme Commander. We have since incorporated new game data into our criteria, but it should be known that any specific game title will likely perform differently depending on its unique programming. Some games, for example, will be severely graphics subsystem-limited, while others may react positively to more CPU cores, larger amounts of CPU cache, or even a specific architecture. We also did not have access to every CPU on the market, so some of the CPU performance estimates are based on the numbers similar architectures deliver. Indeed, this hierarchy chart is useful as a general guideline, but certainly not as a gospel one-size-fits-all perfect CPU comparison resource.

Tom's Hardware Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-intel-core-i7-amd-phenom-ii,2926.html
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You would be retarded to build a PC based on the 1366 socket for gaming. Sandy Bridge blows it out of the water and much, much cheaper (the 990x anyways).

I would even argue the 2500k is the best choice based on reviews between it and the 2600k, the difference in negligible.

Save my extra 100 bucks and wait for Ivy Bridge.

(I've been wanting to say that for a while now.)
Edited by Search - 5/1/11 at 12:39am
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Best High End Chip: 2500k
Best Mid-Range Chip: Phenom II x4
Best Budget Chip: Athlon II x3

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Originally Posted by Search;13338353 
You would be retarded to build a PC based on the 1366 socket for gaming. Sandy Bridge blows it out of the water and much, much cheaper (the 990x anyways).

I would even argue the 2500k is the best choice based on reviews between it and the 2600k, the difference in negligible.

Save my extra 100 bucks and wait for Ivy Bridge.

(I've been wanting to say that for a while now.)

I don't regret building my 1366 System for a Minute. It's given me years of enjoyment already but for gaming and crazy OC's SB is where its at I agree. But it is a NEWER ARCHITECTURE after all lol Still 1366 is the home of the Hexa cores atleast for the time being. Still a fantastic platform
     
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Originally Posted by Captain318;13338408 
I don't regret building my 1366 System for a Minute. It's given me years of enjoyment already but for gaming and crazy OC's SB is where its at I agree. But it is a NEWER ARCHITECTURE after all lol Still 1366 is the home of the Hexa cores atleast for the time being. Still a fantastic platform

have to agree with this, if you can get an intel hexa for cheap 1366 is defiantly the way to go, if not sandybridge.
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No thuban?...lachen.gif
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Originally Posted by Dimaggio1103;13338449 
No thuban?...lachen.gif

Thuban is terrible. i owned one for all of 3 months then it got swapped for a core i7 970
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The best gaming cpu as of April 2011, with price/performance ratio in mind, is the 2500K no doubt.

It's killer. tongue.gif
    
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Originally Posted by SpeedNuggeT;13338459 
Thuban is terrible. i owned one for all of 3 months then it got swapped for a core i7 970

Careful saying that around here. Don't you know there are troll afoot? ninja.gif
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Originally Posted by Captain318;13338408 
I don't regret building my 1366 System for a Minute. It's given me years of enjoyment already but for gaming and crazy OC's SB is where its at I agree. But it is a NEWER ARCHITECTURE after all lol Still 1366 is the home of the Hexa cores atleast for the time being. Still a fantastic platform

I'd say they are refering to people building new systems atm...

Me for instance! biggrinsmiley.gif
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