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Hi All

Just wondering... What processor is really required to game on modern games at 1920x1050?

Like would the athlon II lines with a decent GPU be sufficent or do you really need meater CPU's?

Thanks
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Athlon II would work but a Phenom II x2/x3/x4 would be much better. Phenoms have more cache and slightly higher clocks usually. Extra cores will keep you good for the future when more games support more then 2 cores.

Are you on a budget how much money are you working with?
    
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Athlon II would work but a Phenom II x2/x3/x4 would be much better. Phenoms have more cache and slightly higher clocks usually. Extra cores will keep you good for the future when more games support more then 2 cores.

Are you on a budget how much money are you working with?
More cores doestn mean more performance, IMO when the SB I3 2120K drops that will be the best gaming proc ever, it has the fastest architecture, games only need 2 cores, it is cool so it can OC like a champ, and SB just wins (it even beats intel and AMD six cores)
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and SB just wins (it even beats intel and AMD six cores)
My 990x against your 2600k...same clocks any day of the week son...you will get smoked.

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Athlon II would work but a Phenom II x2/x3/x4 would be much better. Phenoms have more cache and slightly higher clocks usually. Extra cores will keep you good for the future when more games support more then 2 cores.
I tend to agree with this...
Edited by Strider_2001 - 5/19/11 at 8:41pm
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My 990x against your 2600k...same clocks any day of the week son...you will get smoked.
You would hope so considering how much a 990x costs. But it doesn't even win by that much anyway, not for gaming.
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more cores more gaming performance, athlon x4 would be fine for a moderate gmer building a budget gamer. Any quad for will be sufficient, a phenom X4 820 is a good deal, if that if that is too expensive than any athlon x4 will work fine for todays games.
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Well Im in NZ... Using this site: www.pricespy.co.nz for my prices (as it lists the cheapest price for each part)

Yeah thats what I was thinking, I was looking at getting a 955 but is that really needed? Like I watch my one (in sig rig) and it barely ever gets worked more than 40 - 50%...

Keeping the bare bones around 600 ish NZ dollars would be nice... (So Case, PSU, CPU, GPU, HDD, RAM, Mobo, DVD)
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Well Im in NZ... Using this site: www.pricespy.co.nz for my prices (as it lists the cheapest price for each part)

Yeah thats what I was thinking, I was looking at getting a 955 but is that really needed? Like I watch my one (in sig rig) and it barely ever gets worked more than 40 - 50%...

Keeping the bare bones around 600 ish NZ dollars would be nice... (So Case, PSU, CPU, GPU, HDD, RAM, Mobo, DVD)
I upgraded from a Athlon II x2 240, which I had OC'd to 3.7ghz, to my current 955 which is at 4ghz. The difference in games is significant, and I would say it's definitely worth the extra money. However if you are starting from scratch I would not be getting a AM3 setup, I would be looking to sandybridge or waiting a few weeks to see what bulldozer brings.
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I dont care about brand really... Just after best price performance... I though AMD had that crown by far?

Id be interested in Sandy Bridge if the price was right... And the motherboards were not super expensive as I often find with intel.
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My 990x against your 2600k...same clocks any day of the week son...you will get smoked.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20

I wouldn't hesitate to say my i5-2500k would trump your 980x, and I'd say for $550 my 470s will hold their own vs your $700+ 590. I also found it funny when you said "My proc could beat your proc if you tied one of its hands behind its back".

More money doesn't always mean more performance - neither does more cores.

OP it would depend on what you want to do and how much gpu power you have even an Athlon II x4 will play any modern game given enough gpu to play it - its just where you want your "now" performance - faster procs give better results (assuming the Athlon II was limiting gpu performance) however it can often happen at fps levels you can't see anyways. I'll assume 60Hz refresh rate for that.

AMD had that crown, but the i5-2500k is currently the best price/performance chip on the market if you have $220 to spend on a chip.

What is your budget? The best option from AMD would be a 955 or 965 vs SB and depending on your price range an appropriate chip to match.
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