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post #21 of 133
No i3 5xx .. disappointing since those are cheap and overclock pretty well.. though their stock performance isn't as good as some of those Athlon X4s..
Edited by Razi3l - 5/1/11 at 3:07am
    
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post #22 of 133
Why the flames about the Thuban chips? *Thinks*

hmmmm I have a 1055T @ 4.06GHz and it does me fine..... Hell! Iv'e even got all the settings maxxed out and still achieve a 30+FPS through Flight Simulator X, and that's still a graphics intensive game.

Iv'e never lagged in any game.
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post #23 of 133
well if youre happy with your thuban , then thats all that matters.

also the i3 2100 replaced the amd 955
    
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post #24 of 133
tl;dr

The i5 2500K and X6 1090T are, period.
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post #25 of 133
For enthusiasts (overclockers) the only sandy bridge chips that I recommend are the -k series. Anything else can generally be outperformed by a cheaper chip when overclocked. My budget basically had me trying to choose between an 1156 i3, an i5 2300 and a Phenom II x4. While it's true that the overclocked i3 would outperform the Phenom II in a lot of games, it's not a quad-core, and therefore I preferred the Phenom for future-proofing. The i5 2300 was more expensive, and similar in performance to a Phenom II x4 running at 3.8-4Ghz.


Ultimately, I wish I'd had the money for a 2500k, but I'm very happy with my Phenom II. The only game I've had problems with it in is starcraft 2 on a custom map with an insane amount of mineral crystals in one area. All of the graphics put through the CPU made it want to commit suicide. Every other game has been either limited by the GPU (my 6850) or run at over 75 fps.



I *know* that architecturally the Intel chips are better, but for £100, the Phenom II x4 is very competitive for its price. The i3 2100 costs around £90, the 540 around £85 and the newer sandy-bridge i5's are around the £150-70 mark.


I just wish that all sandy bridge chips allowed reasonable overclocking...
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How long will it be until my i7 920 become obsolete in terms of gaming?
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post #27 of 133
Only reason to go 1366 over 1155? A KILLER deal. The best gaming CPU out right, bar none, is the 2500k. There are literally no downsides. No triple-channel premium, overclocks like crazy without shelling out for aftermarket cooling. The X6 isn't bad either, but will really shine when games can actually use six cores. By that time, they'll be cheap.

^ Your i7 will be fine for many years.
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post #28 of 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by MongooseDog View Post
How long will it be until my i7 920 become obsolete in terms of gaming?
About 5 years at the current rate.
    
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post #29 of 133
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Originally Posted by MongooseDog View Post
How long will it be until my i7 920 become obsolete in terms of gaming?
New consoles are expected in the next few years, with the successor to the Wii being unveiled later this year. Once console's make the jump to the next gen expect PC games to start requiring much beefier system specs, as games are ported over.

This is of course anticipating that the next gen consoles will be significantly more powerful then the current gen. If Sony and Microsoft pull a Nintendo, then we could all be in for another 5-7years of COD:MW remakes.
post #30 of 133
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tl;dr

The i5 2500K and X6 1090T are, period.
I didn't even read the article and I can still agree with this because unless it's changed drastically this last month.
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